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McKinsey research finds seven levers can fix construction's productivity problem, but they require a new approach from all players. We heard from industry leaders about which barriers to change are most likely to fall first.

Filipe Barbosa, Jan Mischke, and Matthew Parsons, McKinsey & Company

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Tony Hansen, Global Infrastructure Initiative

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America’s approach to planning, financing, building and maintaining public infrastructure is fragmented and inefficient. Here is how to improve it.

Michael Della Rocca, Tyler Duvall, and Rob Palter, McKinsey & Company

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Singapore shows how an effective housing program can promote social and political stability.

Wong Heang Fine, Surbana Jurong

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How and why Europe’s largest airport plans to manage a major expansion.

Emma Gilthorpe, Heathrow Airport

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California needs policies that cultivate long-term economic growth and offset decades of unsustainable, economically inefficient urban sprawl. In this session, policymakers and thought leaders discuss what can be done to meet the need for higher-density, lower-cost housing near job centers.

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Principal Sangeeth Ram presents the main ways government and the private sector can address the global affordable housing challenge.

Sangeeth Ram, McKinsey & Company

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Since 2012, the Global Infrastructure Initiative (GII) has convened industry leaders to identify ways to improve the delivery of new projects and get more out of existing assets. GII’s Innovation Site Visits expose a select group of global leaders to some of the most exciting advances in infrastructure from around the world. Here’s how it works.

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As the global real-estate market changes, developers need to focus more on the customer experience.

Ankit Gupta, Bruce Xia, and Haimeng Zhang, McKinsey & Company

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Careful planning and an eye on the future can help the cities that host them.

Bill Hanway, AECOM

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America’s biggest state needs to build 3.5 million homes by 2025. Here are some approaches that can help.

Jan Mischke and Jonathan Woetzel, McKinsey Global Institute; Shannon Peloquin and Daniel Weisfield, McKinsey & Company

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The traditional shopping mall is under threat. Here is how to meet the needs of digital customers.

Sangeeth Ram, McKinsey & Company

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Tony Hansen, Global Infrastructure Initiative

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Palava shows a future that may work.

Abhishek Lodha, Lodha Group; Subbu Narayanswamy, McKinsey & Company

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China Vanke executive Zhang Xu describes how his real-estate company has met the challenges of overseas expansion.

Guangyu Li, McKinsey & Company; Zhang Xu, China Vanke

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How one Asian developer is using planning and technology to make cities work for people.

Lim Ming Yan, CapitaLand

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Geopolitical futurist Parag Khanna foresees a world in which megacities, supply chains and connective technologies redraw the map away from states and borders.

Parag Khanna, Hybrid Reality Institute

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McKinsey's Jonathan Woetzel talks about how cities are engines of productivity by enhancing the number and frequency of interactions.

Jonathan Woetzel, McKinsey & Company

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Michael Berkowitz, President of 100 Resilient Cities, talks about planning for future sustainability.

Michael Berkowitz, 100 Resilient Cities

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Jay Walder, CEO of Motivate, talks about the influence of technology and infrastructure innovations for the cities of the future.

Jay Walder, Motivate

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By working together, cities can help solve global problems.

Benjamin Barber, Global Parliament of Mayors, and John Means, McKinsey & Company

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How consumers and technology are redefining how people get around.

Interview with Jay Walder, Motivate

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An interview with Helle Søholt.

Interview with Helle Søholt, Gehl

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There are signs that America’s city dwellers are beginning to change the way they get around. Here is how city leaders can plan ahead.

Shannon Bouton, Stefan Knupfer, and Steven Swartz, McKinsey & Company

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China is leading the effort to create the world’s largest economic platform.

Tian Jinchen, China's National Development and Reform Commission

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To build a city from scratch, create a solid economic foundation.

Fahd Al-Rasheed, King Abdullah Economic City

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What can other cities learn from Hong Kong’s approach to transit?

Lincoln Leong, MTR Corporation

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The construction industry has historically been slow to pursue innovation, but Crossrail's Innovate 18 is setting out to change that.

Andrew Wolstenholme, Crossrail

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A synopsis of the Global Infrastructure Initiative Philadelphia Roundtable, focusing on the airport passenger experience, airport and terminal privatization, and what US airports can do to accelerate redevelopment.

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A synopsis of the Global Infrastructure Initiative London Roundtable, focusing on how transport leaders can successfully navigate digital transformation and capitalize on the opportunities, while managing the threats from new disruptive businesses.

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MIT’s Carlo Ratti discusses how technology can enable cities to understand how people use infrastructures, to better meet the transportation needs of their citizens.

Carlo Ratti, MIT

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What makes a great city? Jonathan Woetzel explains that when it comes to cities, greatness is a pursuit, a pursuit of a better versions of themselves.

Jonathan Woetzel, McKinsey & Company

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The need for speed in delivering progress.

Bill Wiseman, McKinsey & Company

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How traffic, energy, water, and security issues will shape the future.

Rik Kirkland, McKinsey & Company

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Self-driving cars are not just about a hands-free driving experience. Their emergence points to an urban transformation that will change the way people navigate, access information, and interact with one another.

Matthew Claudel and Carlo Ratti, SENSEable City Lab, MIT

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Digitization in infrastructure networks could improve forecasting, promote reliability, and increase efficiency.

Carl-Stefan Neumann, McKinsey & Company

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How small changes could make a big difference.

Rik Kirkland, McKinsey & Company

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Going after quick wins helped city leaders create momentum for continuing improvement.

Yakov Sergienko, McKinsey & Company

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Principal Sangeeth Ram presents the main ways government and the private sector can address the global affordable housing challenge.

Sangeeth Ram

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Infrastructure productivity can and should be much better. Here’s how to start improving.

Nicklas Garemo, Martin Hjerpe, and Jan Mischke, McKinsey & Company

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US infrastructure is aging, while the population is growing. To improve the transportation system, argues the secretary of transportation, the United States needs more funding and less red tape.

Anthony Foxx, US secretary of transportation

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Consulting stakeholders before digging makes for better, cheaper projects.

Isabel Dedring, Transport, London

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Effective urban leaders focus on doing three things well.

Shannon Bouton, Jay Dearborn, Yakov Sergienko, and Jonathan Woetzel, McKinsey & Company

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Infrastructure is about much more than cement, says the former US secretary of state and chair of the Albright Stonebridge Group.

Norah Ferry, McKinsey & Company

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More sustainable financing, higher quality in urban projects, and new markets to soak up construction overcapacity will determine how the country writes the next chapter of its remarkable story.

Zuo Kun, executive vice president, China Development Bank Capital

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To bring the benefits of urban life to hundreds of millions of new residents in city clusters, infrastructure development and financing must be innovative, sustainable, and high quality.

Xiaodong Ming, deputy director of the planning department of China’s National Development and Reform Commission

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Even the best planning can’t always stave off an infrastructure failure when a major disruption hits. But building in resilience can help infrastructure withstand shocks or fail safely.

Judith Rodin, president, The Rockefeller Foundation

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For institutional investors and government agencies, greenfield infrastructure projects are ripe with opportunity. By structuring them as public–private partnerships, both parties have better chance of meeting their individual goals.

Thierry Déau and Julien Touati,, Meridiam

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Infrastructure leaders who are looking to win public support for new projects can learn from industries that understand their customers.

Dominic Maxwell, Julian Mills, and Stuart Shilson, McKinsey & Company

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