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Building for tomorrow

And here we are, continuing the cycle of reimagining and building for the future

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You can't take Croydon out of the girl...
You can't take Croydon out of the girl...

The future, it’s been visualised and hypothesised ad infinitum, and yes, those songwriters are correct in as much as ‘Tomorrow never comes’. In our highlighted news this week, the ABB version of the future is on full display with its range of connected buildings and e-mobility solutions plus the announcement that the company has become the title sponsor of the world’s first fully electric international FIA motorsport series – Formula E.


James Hunt is probably turning in his grave, but hey, it’s only following the same trajectory as other bygone glamorous past times such as smoking and sun worshipping.


However, rather than the future, I’ve been slipping between past and the present, thanks to a fabulous book called Concretopia by John Grindrod, who sets out on a journey around the rebuilding of post-war Britain, starting in my home-town (and the author’s) of Croydon, now part of the South London sprawl.


I grew up amongst the immense concrete, 60 tower blocks with names like Lunar House, flyovers and state-of-the-art shopping precinct, The Whitgift Centre, concrete monstrosities or testament to the optimism of the future?


Here we are, continuing the cycle of reimagining and building for the future: a DIGITOPIA? And there you have it, a sequel in the making.


Melony Rocque
Executive editor

 

 

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