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Redshift Live: Is Prefabricated Construction the Answer to Increasing Building Demands?
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According to research firm Statista, as the global population grows and urbanizes, the construction industry will need to build an average of 13,000 buildings in major cities every day through the year 2050. Yet the industry is contending with skilled-labor shortages and lagging productivity; 98 percent of megaprojects face cost overruns or delays. The building industry isn’t big enough to supply the demand.

Prefab and modular construction show promise of a resolution, as well as significant savings in time and money compared to traditional building methods. Moving on-site construction to off-site facilities can enhance quality and efficiency to help the industry build more with less. Yet prefab and modular processes are still slow to catch on at scale.

Join Autodesk's Redshift Editor in Chief and experts from GE Johnson Construction Company, HOK, Merge Architects, and Factory_OS in a panel debate about the opportunities and challenges of bringing prefabrication to scale when it’s needed most. Could prefab be the antidote to increasing housing demands, skilled-labor shortages, and a high-risk/low-margin industry? The end goal of the panel will be to understand why off-site construction can have a significant impact on urbanization, what the barriers are to rapid market adoption; and what the next steps should be to bring prefab and modular construction to the masses.

Naomi Porat; Principal, Alpha and Board Member, Factory_OS
Rotimi Seriki, Design/Visualization Specialist, HOK
John Schwarz, Integrated Services Manager, GE Johnson
Kyle Barker, Associate, Merge Architects
Kylee Swenson, Editor in Chief, Redshift

Key Learnings

  • Learn how prefabrication can improve quality, efficiency, cost, and productivity compared to traditional building methods.
  • Discuss the challenges of industrialized construction and solutions to overcome them.
  • Discover how future cities and structures will be built better, stronger, smarter, and more sustainable than before—with fewer resources and less negative impact on the planet.
  • Learn new ideas to take back to your company about how you can prepare for and participate in the convergence of design, construction, and manufacturing.


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