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2017-06-13 

City Life Labs Launch 

So, how is the research helping our industry?

 

Urban Pinboard – the development app for everybody

Community engagement is a necessary step in the development lifecycle and we propose to do it more efficiently and effectively.

Our interactive 3D model of Sydney allows users to respond directly to development scenarios by posting comments or even uploading their own concepts into the virtual built environment.

See Urban Pinboard by clicking here

 

Go West? – Big Data Insights

We have used computers to crunch a lot of urban-data – OPAL, land value/sales, industry demography – to develop some insights about Sydney. Our first round of analysis suggests some key considerations for decision/policy makers involved in growing Western Sydney.

Whilst many urban-data studies are defined spatially by statistical boundaries, this study is very much a study of Sydney’s major centres and how they are performing comparatively.

And how does this help?

If we can find a way to improve the growth of these centres, or indeed, simply observe and explain why some centres perform better than others, then perhaps we’re on a path to identifying how to achieve a Sydney with greater connectivity – a more polycentric Sydney. This ultimate outcome is critical for achieving greater productivity.

 

Polycentric Sydney – Not Yet?

Currently, Sydney is not ‘polycentric’. The dominance of the CBD prevents knowledge-based jobs from moving west. By having multiple centres, rather than one dominant CBD, Sydney could find relief from issues such as traffic congestion and the disparity in employment between regions. 

We researched how new technology could be used to address challenges currently preventing Sydney from becoming polycentric.

Unsurprisingly, people want to live and/or work where they have access to diversity of amenity – including public space, transport, schools, shops etc. Advances in technology will provide developers and governments with more options in delivering this amenity.  

Interestingly, the research uncovered that Sydneysiders are willing to commute up to 45 minutes each way before considering moving home or changing jobs and that wealthier people were more willing to use public transport.