International Urban Design Conference
Smart Cities for 21st Century Australia
The 2016 conference finished with an overview by the Conference Advisory Committee outlining the key issues discussed and each presenting a challenge for all the delegates. The Committee identified the major challenges of good urban design; that understanding what is meant by a ‘smart city’ is not easy and often complex; every project is different, so dissecting projects can help to formulate and conceptualise; professional organisations must act as leaders; the value of the personal experience within the urban context; role of government versus community and public engagement. Challenges put to the delegates included acting as agents of changes within the industry and working collaboratively for good outcomes.
Preceding the committee summary presentation was an expert panel discussion on the social dimensions of a smart city. Moderated by Peter Edwards, Director Archipelago, the panel included our keynote speakers Adam Beck, Executive Director, Smart Cities Council ANZ; Professor Graham Currie, Chair of Public Transport, Director of Research, Monash University; Leanne Hodyl, Director, Hodyl and Co; and Ivan Motley, Founder, id the population experts.
It was agreed that the conference discussed an incredibly diverse range of topics over the two days and presented a great networking opportunity for the delegates. Other feature speakers included Professor Edward Blakely, Chair, Future Cities Collaboration, University of Sydney; Professor Paul Burton, Cities Research Centre, Griffith University; Chris Johnson AM, CEO, Urban Taskforce Australia; and Catherine Caruana-McManus, Director, Giant Ideas.
The conference program included session presentations and interactive forums with walking tours of Canberra’s urban design on Day Three.