The era of change driven by sustainable development
A new change. Over the past year, the world has experienced one of the main epidemics in its modern history – the Covid-19 pandemic – an unprecedented event with a deep health, economic and social global impact.
Our lives have changed dramatically, as has our relationship with spaces, from urban, shared and outdoor spaces to work and home.
Today a new change is on the horizon, a new reconstruction of our future, a true sustainable development that has become even more urgent because of the pandemic.
Sustainable – resilient – inclusive cities of the future, focused on people as the starting point of the new global challenge.
In this extraordinary context, the design has been asked for action and must play its role
The Person at the Centre. The epochal transformation underway requires designers to change their perspective, from planning cities to planning urban life: we have a responsibility to create urban ecosystems that enable and facilitate access to lifestyles – both personal and working – in response to needs for accessibility, flexibility, sustainability, safety and equality.
The health sector is undoubtedly the first sector that shall adapt to this transition process, with solutions that ensure a fundamental public right both now and in the future. Besides rethinking current structures in a rapid, effective and localized way to manage the current health emergency, the biggest task for planners will, in fact be to work on creating structures that are adaptable to manage future emergencies on the one hand, and to ensure continuous efficiency in meeting users’ basic needs on the other.
Another area in which we are particularly involved is infrastructure, which is crucial and strategic on the international political and economic agenda for the post-Covid recovery. It is essential to step up efforts to develop infrastructure with a view to ecological and digital transition, with the aim of encouraging increasingly sustainable and accessible mobility.
The design of the cities of the future will also have to include the regeneration of the immense historical and architectural heritage that we have inherited and which represents, now more than ever, a precious resource to be re-used in a circular way, without new land consumption. Investing in the regeneration of suburban areas and disused buildings is one of the keys to overcoming the traditional dichotomy between the centre and the suburbs, returning heritage to the community thus giving it new vitality and new uses.
Designing for sustainable recovery. The architecture and engineering sector is playing, and will increasingly play, in the near future, an essential and strategic role in the country’s post-pandemic recovery. It is therefore even more important to promote, among our public and private clients, the distinctive ability to design in an integrated manner that allows us to successfully carry out key interventions in those sectors, from infrastructure to healthcare, in which major investments are required to restart the country’s productivity.
Our challenge. The challenge facing Politecnica over the next three years is to organize the production sector in the best possible way to respond to a challenging scenario in which design is at the centre of an unprecedented historical moment. We will deploy highly qualified personnel, high production standards and the capacity for continuous technological innovation, while maintaining a high level of commitment to contributing, with our projects, to sustainable growth.
Our focus on people grows more and more. Similarly, Politecnica’s focus over the next three years will be on promoting corporate welfare policies and initiatives for our people – partners, collaborators and employees – who in recent years have been the real driving force behind our continued growth and creation of value for the company and all our stakeholders.
We will strengthen initiatives to reconcile work and family commitments, facilitating smart working, which will become a permanent feature of ours, if requested by the individual worker. We will invest in training, with the aim of creating a working method centred on collaboration, multidisciplinarity and the exchange of skills to encourage integration between the Cooperative’s solid technical foundations and the contents in innovation brought by the new resources that will join us in the coming years. We will continue on our path towards inclusive work for gender equality, youth and female employment.
Our solid history allows us to look ahead to the near future with confidence. Despite the current context, Politecnica has continued on its growth and consolidation trend; 2020 is the year closing the three-year plan in which we have achieved all targets set in terms of profitability and assets, with an increase in the order book that gives us significant visibility.
The year 2021 marks the transition to a new three-year period that we expect to see significant development and that will bring our sector extraordinary opportunities in the coming years, on which we are already working with determination and enthusiasm, with the aim of assuming an ever greater role in the infrastructure, health and historical-architectural heritage recovery sectors.
In the three-year period 2021-2023 we have the ambition and the possibility to exceed, for the first time in our history, 20 million EUR of turnover, to reach a net equity of 6 million EUR and, above all, to continue with the plan of Company growth, with new entries among our people and new partnerships in Italy and abroad.
Our performance strengthened us and made us confident in the capability of achieving even more; we are ready to take the chances of the new three-year development period and to do our part for sustainable development.