October 19 2016
Sparking the Conversation on Innovation
CityVision 2016 Comes to Calgary
Innovation. It’s a word we all know. But how good are we at applying it? Are we making innovative leaps that drive our industry forward? What about incremental changes with lasting impact?
On October 13, 2016, The Innographer Alex Bruton spoke to over 130 people at CityVision 2016 on the topic of Innovation. Alex is on a mission to help us learn to innovate. In addition to being a tenured professor, Alex delivers talks, workshops and programs on innovation around the world. He’s even spoken at Google’s Innovation Week. So of course, we were thrilled to welcome Alex to speak to our closest collaborators at our annual event in Calgary.
As it turns out, we’re all capable of innovation. The first step along the path? Acknowledging that we’re all stuck in mental ruts that we’re probably not even aware of. Sometimes our auto pilot mode is a blessing, but other times a curse preventing us from finding real value in big ideas.
So what if you do have (what you think is) a brilliant idea? Well for starters, how can you be so sure it’s brilliant? Have you tested it? Ran it past others for feedback? Our best ideas don’t evolve in isolation. Fleshing out a single idea all the way to a polished and glimmering beam of hope isn’t the way to go. Sinking hours and hours into a perfect report, only to find your idea is a flop, isn’t going to lead to an innovative shift. As it turns out, only a very small number of brilliant ideas lead to big breakthroughs. That means we need lots and lots of ideas generated, tested, refined, and tried again to lead to a real winner.
These were just some of the thoughts that Alex shared with us last week. It was all part of starting a conversation on innovation – something that’s very important to us at Entuitive. We’ve seen tech and other industries innovate at unprecedented speed over the last couple decades and we’ve all benefited from the results – from the smart phones in our pockets to the completion of the human genome project to the invention of Google. Our design and construction industry, on the other hand, can be doing a lot more to innovate and change the way buildings are designed and constructed for the better.
We see sparks of innovation in our industry, such as the way we are implementing BIM to advancements in building science, high-tech building components and the way we use technology to communicate among project teams. But there is more to be done. Innovation is something we need to do together, and CityVision was the perfect place to begin that conversation.
Image courtesy CMLC
And what better place to talk about innovation than the beautiful, restored St. Louis Hotel. We were thrilled to welcome our clients and collaborators to this restored gem in Calgary’s East Village. Entuitive had the opportunity to work with Nyhoff Architecture to realize CMLC’s vision for the transformation of the St. Louis Hotel into an incredible, leasable space. Learn more about the restoration project here.
Here are a few photos from the event: