What a thoroughly enjoyable read this snapshot of Dr Ian Pearsons paper is.
Contractor Colmore Tany Construction and Virgin StartUp teamed together to not only commission Dr Ian's findings, but have released a £10m innovation fund called "ConstrucTech".
Musing on what might happen in our industry in 50 years time may seem a little far fetched, but Dr Ian envisages that by 2025 drones will be transporting bulk materials to areas of construction sites - in principle a sound and positive move if I ever heard one.
Furthermore, with plastics being a hot topic (and, within building products recycling an area I have recently worked within) it was good to read that he suspects it will be used to create biometric buildings.
Looking more than 50 years into the future, by 2075 Pearson suggests that self-assembling buildings under AI control will allow a new form of structure – kinetic architecture – where a structure is literally thrown into the sky and assembled while gravity forms the materials into beautiful designs.