It is a story likely to become more familiar as our communities and cities organically grow, piece on piece. An observation I continue to make - a smart cities strategy that led with technology, only to leave behind the people. In the case of Kashiwa-no-ha Smart City, Japan, it kind of kicked some goals, but you wouldn't claim it was a sustainable community, necessarily. It's aim is to build a futuristic smart city that harmonised people and the environment. But when you want people-first smart cities, there is a 'secret sauce', a set of ingredients, that need to be unearthed. This secret sauce is place. And place is an experience, part feeling, part behavior. It involves the intersection of property development, governance, investment, and urban design, among other attributes.
Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand announced today that global design firm Aurecon had joined the organisation to help accelerate sustainability in cities using technology, data, and intelligent design.
Is the property sector ready to be hacked? In this thought piece, SCCANZ Executive Director, Adam Beck, told Property Australia that whilst the industry had made some important gains in digital disruption and technological adoption, it may still have some way to go if it was to fully become truly transformative.
The U.S. Department of Transportation, as part of the $40 million Smart City Challenge program, has published the lessons learned about the transportation challenges America's cities face and about the innovative solutions that could help us meet those those challenges. In this article, Executive Director of Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand, Adam Beck, asks "what can Australia and New Zealand learn from this program.
SCCANZ has a lot installed for 2017, as we enter a critical year in the region’s advancement of smart cities. From design review panels for smart cities projects, and smart cities studio meet-up's, to the Australian adaptation of the hugely successful White House Challenge in the US. 2017 is set to be a busy year for SCCANZ as we continue to help catalyse the smart cities marketplace in the region. Here is just a snapshot of what to expect.
For more than four years, SCC has been a global leader in developing resources for government and industry to help build capacity and prepare organisations for taking advantage of the opportunity to accelerate sustainable cities outcomes through the application of technology, use of data, and embodying intelligent design. Here’s just a few resources you will see from us in 2017.
The second half of 2016 was a busy time for SCCANZ, helping build capacity and sharing experiences from the global smart cities movement. We presented extensively around Australia and published articles throughout multiple platforms. Check out what we've been saying.
As our urban leaders begin to advance policy and programs that align with the New Urban Agenda created at the UN Habitat III convening in Quito, Ecuador, we offer the case for data-driven decision making as a means for greater sustainability outcomes/
So, if ‘smart cities’ is the answer, what was the question again? Well, the question has always been the same: “how can we embrace technology and intelligent design to create a better world, for people?”.
To thrive, cities need well-educated, high-tech workforces and cities across Australia are developing them by starting young. Check out three winning ideas from showcase schools that you can put to work in your own city. (Some of the ideas use tools you already have.)