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Agility: the ability to move quickly and easily. To change direction effortlessly. It’s a word that has taken hold of our professional lives – whether it’s being used a rallying call to modernise, or to describe a mind-set, or to simply refer to the way we work. This month’s Modus focuses on agility as an expression of the profession: from the use of drones as surveying tools, to the adaptability of people and the spaces we all use.
Everyone’s talking about drones and how they will change building surveying and asset management… but how easy is it to actually fly one, and get your licence? We sent chartered surveyor Evan Owen-Powell MRICS to drone school to find out, and spoke to the RICS professionals who are already using them in their day-to-day
We meet the RICS professionals who have come to surveying from another walk of life, have changed their specialism, kicked off a new business idea, or moved to a completely new country. What unites them is that they’ve all taken one big, bold decision to change their career – and never looked back. What have they learned, and was it worth the effort and risk?
That precious pocket of personal outdoor space – a garden, patio, even balcony – is often one of the first things people sacrifice when moving into a city. This is why public parks are so crucial for people’s health and wellbeing. But how do you create the green space required by a growing population if there’s no space left to begin with? We speak to the professionals and experts that have been involved in projects that conjure such space – seemingly out of thin air.
And what do you do with an old building that’s fallen out of use, and has lost its original raison d’être? Knock it down… or reinvent it? We look at a selection of smart adaptations of old buildings to understand the thought processes behind their creative re-use for a new generation of users.
Editor of Modus
An experienced and award-winning magazine editor, Oliver has worked in the sectors of property, insurance, automotive and technology. At Sunday Publishing, he has edited titles for a variety of high-profile clients, including Miller Homes, British Gas, Allianz and Toyota, as well as RICS.