Airbnb to dive into the urban planning market with new project in Yoshino, Japan
Airbnb has dominated the online marketplace for citizens looking for affordable holidays, rentals and overnight stays. However, the company is now set to expand into urban planning in their exciting new project.
The new project, named Samara, will be a communal housing project within Japan and will provide a space for tourists to stay and be shown around tourist sites by local residents who wish to serve as hosts, creating a thriving community.
"Hosts get an economic stimulus and something to get excited about," says Co-Founder Joe Gebbia. "It’s a pathway to get the community to help each other, and it happens to be in the form of architecture."
Through a successful collaboration with Architect Go Hasegawa, Gebbia, Brian Chesky and Nathan Blecharczyk will place their design within Yoshino, famous for its mountainous terrain. Materials for the build have been locally sourced through Yoshino’s cedar forests.
"I picture Western guests walking up, stepping inside, and you’re interacting with the community from the minute you arrive. If you want to tour the sake factory, or the chopstick factory, or take a hike, the locals are right there”, says Gebbia.
"What excites me is that we can apply what we learned over the last eight years to create new types of commerce and new types of social change."
The build will be placed within Yoshino in October which will open to the public shortly after. If successful, the company hope to take the project worldwide.
Source: Fast Code Design
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Apprenticeships can bridge skills gap says Autodesk director
The UK construction industry needs 216,800 new workers by 2025 to meet rising demand, according to the Construction Skills Network published by CITB.
Even before Covid-19, it was estimated it needs to attract 400,000 new recruits each year to meet the UK’s infrastructure needs.
But given one in three current construction employees are over 50 there is predicted to be a 20-25% decline in the available workforce over the next decade. And with end of the free movement of people from the EU, it has further limited access to skilled talent.
Mike Pettinella, Director, Autodesk Construction Solutions EMEA, believes the solution may be one that is hardly new, but might have taken a back seat during the pandemic.
"Apprenticeships could help us bridge the construction skills gap and meet this rapidly rising demand, and attract a new crop of younger talent to the industry," he said.
"Apprenticeships benefit everyone. For candidates, it’s an opportunity to learn valuable skills without incurring thousands of pounds of student debts. For employers, it’s a chance to train up employees in the competencies that are really needed – combining technical knowledge with collaboration and team work, which are equally important as you enter a new industry. And if you’re a larger company and already required to pay the apprenticeship levy, it makes sense to ensure you’re benefitting from the scheme too."
Marshall Construction recently took on nine new apprenticeships covering various roles. "Some of our previous apprentices have left and started their own businesses, which sets them up for life," said Chairman Robert Marshall. "Most of our current managers came from organic growth within the business whom we have trained to our own standards." Firms such as Barnwood Construction and Keepmoat Homes are also advertising and supporting apprenticeships.
According to the CSN, most English regions will experience an increase in construction workers by 2025, with East Midlands (1.7%) and West Midlands (1.4%) forecast to lead demand. Scotland (1.4%) and Wales (0.7%) are also predicted to fare well. The only region forecast to see a slight decline in workforce is the North East (-0.1%).
Major projects such as HS2 are driving growth in some regions and infrastructure (5.2%) and private housing (6.7%) should see the healthiest pace of expansion by 2025.
The impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on the future shape of work will be profound. Modelling by the McKinsey Global Institute on the effects of technology adoption on the UK workforce shows that up to 10 million people, or around 30 percent of all UK workers, may need to transition between occupations or skill levels by 2030.