Around the world, the architecture and construction industry has a significant role to play in fostering greater economic productivity in a "new era of growth," according to a new book.

In its 2014 Blue Book, leading design firm AECOM says the world is looking for key drivers of sustainable economic growth following the GFC and European Financial Crisis, and that designers, builders and financiers had a role to play in terms of maximising construction productivity and contributing to economic productivity….