THURSDAY 28 NOVEMBER 2019
8:30 AM – 3:30 PM, LOUNGE @ QT CANBERRA, 1 LONDON CCT, CANBERRA ACT 2601
SPONSORED BY: CITY RENEWAL AUTHORITY & SUBURBAN LAND AGENCY
With a human perspective and solutions-focused lens, this symposium explores how the future of data harvesting, place analytics, and emerging technologies can enhance the liveability, wellbeing and quality of life for all people in the places we are shaping.
It questions the premise that whilst data can help to deliver insights, evidence patterns and measure the satisfaction, experiences and behaviours of people in places, do we really understand:
What data we are collecting and why?
How to analyse data to guide better decision making and support better outcomes?
What is the impact of emerging technologies on culture and organisations?
Big data and small data – How much is too much?
The symposium will draw on global benchmarking for best case examples, explore the cultural shifts required in organisations to adapt to place-led outcomes, deliver foresight on the inevitable reforms coming to planning due to emerging technologies and highlight the new ways of working with analytics that are responding to immediate place challenges.
CHARLES LANDRY, Courtesy of the City Renewal Authority
Charles Landry is an international authority on the use of imagination and creativity in urban change. He helps cities make the most of their potential by triggering inventiveness and thinking. His latest books are ‘The Civic City in a Nomadic World’, ‘The Creative Bureaucracy & its Radical Common Sense’, ‘The Digitized City’, ‘Psychology & the City’. He invented the concept of the Creative City which became a global movement. He has recently been a fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin and co-organized the ongoing Creative Bureaucracy Festival there in collaboration with Der Tagesspiegel as well as the Biennale of Trust in Lviv.
PLACE LED CITY RENEWAL
MALCOLM SNOW, CEO, CITY RENEWAL AUTHORITY
THE PULSE OF GREATER SYDNEY
STEPHANIE BAKER, A/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CITY STRATEGY, GREATER SYDNEY COMMISSION
THE FUTURE OF INSIGHT- BIG DATA ANALYTICS FOR PLACE LED DEVELOPMENT
NORION UBECHEL, DIRECTOR, MANTRA STUDIOS
Join Place Intelligence Co-Founder Norion Ubechel in a conversation about the future of insights for the built environment professions. He will present an overview of emerging place measurement technologies supported by examples of real world case studies that use social listening and telemetry data to understand patterns of place use and place sentiment. Go beyond the data to learn how cities and design agencies are using big data to drive evidence based outcomes for design and place strategy.
INTRODUCING PLACEMAKING DATA @ MELBOURNE WATER
TASHIA DIXON, PRINCIPAL, URBAN DESIGNER MELBOURNE WATER
Working in a large water utility with an awesome foundation of scientific and engineering knowledge about how our city works makes for an exciting and challenging prospect for an urban designer who wants to introduce design thinking. Almost all of our decisions come from highly reputable data or evidence ensuring we continue to do what we have done for over 125 years – give Melbournians a reliable and safe water supply, dependable sewerage system, reduced flood risk and healthy, beautiful waterways. So what happens when we want to introduce a new dimension of design and creative problem solving into a linear process of certainty that has existed for all these past years. Data is one part of the approach but the bigger challenge is how to influence people’s values who are responsible for implementing new ways of thinking, new ways of working through this data. I will be speaking about a new tool we have been introducing at Melbourne Water that supports our broader goal of embedding urban design and moving from being asset focused to being place focused. This tool combines demographic and social data with spatial information to provide different teams with new ways to better plan, design and execute projects for the unique communities that live nearby.
CREATING GREAT PLACES: QUANTIFIABLE PLACE PERFORMANCE & SMALL DATA
STEPHEN MOORE, DIRECTOR, ROBERTSDAY
Imagine places where daily life maximises happiness and minimises hardship.
Creating Great Places is about giving priority to attachment and meaning in the design of places, where identity guides decision-making, social connectedness is valued equally with infrastructure connectivity, and increasing urbanity is more important than density.
In Quantifying Place Performance and Small Data, RD Director Stephen Moore evolves the liveable city agenda and its potential benefits to Australia over the next twenty years. Drawing on international precedent and practical case studies from around Australia, Stephen illustrates the firm’s Seven Essential Elements of great places, a regenerative design process and the new metrics and tools to measures what matters in the 21st century, such as their Great Place Score Card and Urbanity Index.
SIGNALS AND NOISE - DATA AND OBSERVATION IN PLACEMAKING
OBELIA TAIT, DIRECTOR, INHABIT PLACE & ALIZA LEVY, MANAGER, INHABIT PLACE
The collection and application of big data once created a sense of calm. Culture hummed with examples from Moneyball to Nate Silver’s 538 that promised a pathway to manage the tsunami of information modern communication had enabled.
In 2016 the limitations of tools we used to understand behaviour, intentions and feelings of the population were exposed. If there had been more local coverage, a louder voice for those with long histories of local understanding in towns across the north of England or the Midwestern states of America, perhaps Brexit and the rise of Trump would not have been so shocking. These examples, and so many that have happened since, reveal the distance between numbers and true understanding.
In order to gauge what is happening in any social context good datasets need a human element. Something that positions action within a local context, that understands personal interactions, inflections and subtlety. To create people-focused places we need to create pathways toward appreciating the range of human communication and factor in observation with statistics.
PERSPECTIVES ON THE DIGITAL FUTURE OF PLANNING
CLAIRE DANIEL, PHD CANDIDATE UNSW
Claire is an urban planner, programmer and spatial data scientist with broad professional experience in local government and consulting. Claire sees an urgent need for urban planners to get to grips with how technology can be used to do better planning and has recently commenced a PhD at the City Futures Research Centre, UNSW in order to devote her full attention to this cause. In addition to her research, Claire is Chair of the Planning Institute of Australia PlanTech Working Group and a founding member of the Smart Cities Council ANZ Emerging Innovators.
See the symposium event page here: https://www.placeleaders.com/2019-symposium