As 2021 opens, my optimism bias is on full tilt. Empathizing with the global socio-economic trauma caused by COVID-19, I am certain that regenerative infrastructure investments can underpin recovery. Yet will they? Will investments in our social and civil infrastructure, benefiting from a period of unprecedented disruption, have inclusive sustainable societal implications?
Scott Galloway’s Post Corona provides a witty, thoughtful, and forward-leaning analysis of this disruptive moment. Led by big tech, he concludes that we can “take any trend — social, business, or personal — and fast forward ten years.” Is the Architectural Engineering and Construction (AEC) Industry on the same trajectory?
I believe that we are ready for this moment. The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals shape infrastructure public policy demands. The ASCE Scorecard describes U.S. infrastructure needs across asset classes, a framework which in its next iteration should include healthcare and housing. AIAI Infra, described recently during Monday’s with Marshall as “Independents for Infrastructure” (love this!), promotes public private collaborations where asset interdependencies are solutioned to accelerate community improvements.