Back from Basel with Richard Roberts early this afternoon – and then I took Paddington Express to see Nissan at their creativity studio in the Rotunda, aka ‘The Battleship’. Accompanied by another Volans colleague, Jacqueline Lim.
On the flight in across London, I spotted the burned-out stump of Grenfell Tower. Horrifying – and reminded me of the theme of my 1974 M. Phil. urban planning dissertation at UCL – the idiocy of tall towers for rehousing poorer communities.
And that’s even when they are reasonably well designed and managed, which this one clearly wasn’t.
High heat and humidity during the two-hour session with Nissan environmental team, but a very productive exchange. Impressed by how far their thinking has come on since last year, when I did a similar session. Much talk of electric cars and autonomous vehicles, alongside Circular Economy trajectories.