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This week's featured article:  Last planner system
Read about the Last planner system - a production planning system designed to produce predictable work flow and rapid learning in the programming, design, construction and commissioning of projects.
Skills shortages lead to wages rise

Latest RICS survey reveals industry wages are rising well above national average as a result of ongoing skills shortage.
Qualitative research and the built environment

BRE Buzz article examining the uses and efficacy of qualitative research in the built environment.
BIM is about the Planet

Read Keith Snook's fascinating analysis of the past, present and future of BIM.
Brutalist London Map - review

Read our review of a new map detailing London's finest examples of brutalist architecture.
Sink estate regeneration plans

David Cameron reveals plans to tackle social deprivation and poverty by redeveloping up to 100 'sink estates' around the country.
Planning competition

Pilots to test introducing competition in the planning process.
Building of the week - Shanghai Tower
Read about the newly-completed Shanghai Tower, the second tallest building in the world and one of the most advanced in terms of green architecture.

Around the web

JCT, 14 January

Joint Contracts Tribunal publish new guidance note aimed at 'demystifying' BIM.

Planning Portal, 14 January

The Government's controversial Housing and Planning Bill moves from the Commons to the Lords with no opposition amendments.

The Guardian, 13 January

The contrasting fortunes of two of London's brutalist housing estates - the Barbican and Robin Hood Gardens.

Dezeen, 13 January

The Shanghai Tower, the second tallest building in the world, is completed.

Laing O'Rourke, 12 January

CEO Ray O'Rourke announces the divestment of the firm's Australia Hub to renew focus on UK and Europe operations.

Buro Happold, 11 January

Predictions for London in 2016.

The Guardian, 8 January

The 10 best concrete buildings in the world.

FMB, 8 January

FMB warn that council tax proposals could damage house building.

ArchDaily, 8 January

New construction robot SAM (semi-automated mason) lays bricks 3 times as fast as a human bricklayer in US trials.

Property Week, 7 January

U and I's deputy chief executive Richard Upton asks how we can build inspiring places for people to live that also provide a reliable return for investors.

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