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Flexible working – working with or against flexible electricity networks?

Flexibility is the word on the street – in this piece, Laura Hawkins argues that flexibility across different sectors offers the opportunity to work harmoniously together, but that without proper collaboration now, they could work against each other causing more damage than good. Flexibility in the workplace is on everyone’s lips.  It’s been cited on…

Could post-pandemic Britain be a breath of fresh air?

The government has announced a £2bn package to create a new era for cycling and walking. It might be a response to the pandemic but the pledge is an important step towards putting people and the environment first. Having advocated for recalibrating the “movement hierarchy” through the VeloCity project for the past three years (the winner of the…

How Coronavirus could shape the next generation of infrastructure

When the YPP formed two years ago, we agreed among ourselves to try to answer the question: what does a generational shift mean for the future of infrastructure? We wanted to think big – not to be hemmed in by existing definitions, practices or behaviours. Yet here we are, publishing our response to that question…

Crowd-funding Local Infrastructure

There’s a woman in my building named Henrietta who, years ago, took it upon herself to plant a rose garden in the green space out front. She’s tended to it ever since, diligently pruning, year on year, while the rest of us offer grateful nods and the occasional hand as we come and go.  There have always been…

Flexi-ticketing on the Railway

At present, the small number of flexi and other ticketing options available on the railway makes flexible working an unattractive proposition for many. Changing this will form one part of creating a “flexible working friendly” UK.  Flexible working is the ability to deviate from the standard pattern of work (typically the ‘9-to-5’) and includes but is not limited to: part-time working, term-time working, job-sharing, flexitime,…

Experience vs things

“Over the past few years, the US has witnessed a tectonic shift in spending with 4x more spending devoted to experiences rather than physical goods”.  Millennials across the world have grown up with the existence of experiential shopping, for example Airbnb and ‘retailtainment’ like the Vans store equipped with a skate park. It is deepset in their spending behaviours….

Opportunities for Infrastructure Design to Combat Loneliness

Much has been written about loneliness and the elderly, but less of how Millennials are Gen Z are grappling with this from a much earlier age, particularly as digital experiences replace physical interaction. How can infrastructure work harder for us and combat loneliness through good design?  Loneliness is often understood as physical isolation, but it…

Shifts in Consumer Behaviour: Make do and Mend? 

Younger generations are choosing to express their demand to act to avoid impacts from climate change in many ways – from protests through to their buying choices as consumers. This has impacted retail sectors and created new platforms and models, but how might these trends in consumer behaviour manifest themselves in the infrastructure sector? From…

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