Impact of Change in Built Environment
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This course explores how projects are to become increasingly important for dealing with the accelerating change and uncertainty faced by post 2020 societies; they will become the primary organisational vehicle driving innovation, be it private or public sector works. It explains how projects and members in the project teams are understood in theory and identifies different dimensions that have to be managed and organized in different ways with the uncertainty, complexity, and urgency. Basic framework of evaluating the impact of the change will be the same (and taught) for variety of subtopics and examples - such as for technical aspects like AI, Data science, Building Information Modelling, Project Collaboration tools, contracts management to softer aspects of interpersonal skills, importance of grit and cognitive flexibility, negotiations, ethics, etc - which will be debated and explored through workshops and assignments during the course. Students will be encouraged to look at each of these areas in context of 'changes', such as impact on contracts management due to deployment of AI tech, or meeting management skills/presentations skills required with many interaction, connections and rapport building to be online and not in person. It is attempted to impart knowledge and debate 'core values and soft skills' in a structured syllabus, at par with all other subjects that typically form part of our present academic curriculum in built environment. The eventual outcome expected for us to grow to be kinder, more self-aware, instinctively compassionate, abundantly curious and wholly peaceful in our endeavours of carrying out tasks in the realm of built spaces; giving due importance to the core principle of project management of balancing the task, team and individuals.

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