TRANSFORMING the built environment sector isn't just about construction robots or prefab walls. It starts with early design efforts, and continues after a building is completed. This holistic view is clear in the industries overseen by the Future Economy Council's built environment subcommittee: not just construction and real estate, but also environmental services and security.
INSTEAD of a collection of five discrete industries, the trade and connectivity cluster - one of six Future Economy Council groupings - is better seen as a web. As the name suggests: "Everything is about interconnection," says cluster subcommittee co-chair Koh Poh Koon, Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry.
WITH consumers going digital, the lifestyle sector must keep up. Online retail insights can spur offline gains; a Web presence can snare new customers; and cold hard technology can enable warmer service. In fact, it "actually allows more human touch at the points that matter", says Future Economy Council lifestyle subcommittee co-chair Sim Ann.