Urban Life Enabled
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Urban Life EnabledNov 20, 2022
Episode 19: Street Lab Part 4_Public-area mobile robots, and the city
In this next edition of our Street Lab series we tackle even more change for the public realm and our streets - the introduction of public-area mobile robots (PMR). Thankfully we had Bern Grush from the Urban Robotics Foundation join us to breakdown where this agenda is at, where it is likely to be heading and what it means for our streets. Will we take stock and 'ready' ourselves for this discussion, or react and engage only after we wake up one morning and find we have been napping on the issue?
Episode 18: Street Lab Part 3_Where my e-mobility study tour took me
In our third part of a series exploring the evolving nature of our streets, we head deeper into the world of e-mobility. In this episode Adam sits down with recent Churchill Fellow, Nikki Huddy, who is a decorated planner and advocate for place-based solutions in our communities, particularly regional Australia. Fresh from her reasearch tour of the United States, Nikki shares what she found and learned, and what this might mean for Australia.
You can view Nikki's reseach report here.
Episode 17: Rebooting digital infrastructure planning
In this episode we share a recording of a webinar hosting by the life_Enabled team.
“Let’s ‘add’ a digital overlay, to the planning we have already done”, seems to be the norm. And this may not be the best outcome for our communities.
Where are we at, and what's next for digital infrastructure planning?
Episode 16: A moment in time_US cities, innovation and data
The National League of Cities is an advocacy organisation that has been representing cities in the United States for almost 100 years. With more than 2,700 city members, Joshua Pine - NLC's Program Manager for City Innovation and Data - has his hands full. We checked in with Joshua to hear what's happening on the city innovation front post-pandemic.
Episode 15: Street Lab Part 2_Place invaders, space enablers
In second part of a series exploring the face of our streets, Adam chats with Graham McCabe (Director, Transport Advisory, Urbis) about vehicles space and time. The discussion looked at the physical aspects of this important public space - trends in vehicle size, electrification and the opportunity with reshaping space allocation. And with an additional load mounting in the right-of-way in the form of 5G mmWave technology, the complexity of our streets continues to challenge us.
Please note: the quality of the audio in this episode was impacted by an unstable connection.
Episode 14: Living infrastructure: The power of Digital Twins
The purpose of this webinar was to look into how Digital Twin capability can support our aspirations of enhancing our natural landscapes and built environment projects, while ensuring digital technology and data insights provide a supporting and enabling role. Our panel included Clarissa Phillips from Jacobs, Kate Williams from FrontierSI, Todd Lankford from Indara and Yazid Ninsalam from McGregor Coxall.
Episode 13: It started with data-wrangling
After a decade in private practice and a decade of imagining better ways for people to work with data together, Lucy Booth went from planner to tech entrepreneur. But as we share in this episode, the planning instincts of a planner are hard wired, and the relentless pursuit of 'solutioning' always remains.
Episode 12: The business of data, for government-led planning
In this episode of the show we explore yet another PlanTech journey, this time from the New South Wales Government. We are joined by James Strutt from the Department of Planning and Environment, who shares the evolution of Land iQ - one of the governments core platforms enabling a range of capabilities that staff can leverage to optimise asset planning processes. James shares views as they related to the business case, use cases and potential scale-up opportunities of the tool.
Episode 11: The world of place analytics
So, when it comes to measuring place – where are we at?
In this webinar we work through answering a range of questions, such as what are the fundamental attributes of place analytics? We also discuss how place data gets analysed, and what can be done with it.
Episode 10: Precincts behaving at their best
In this episode Adam talks to Jace Tyrrell, Chief Executive of the New Sydney Waterfront Company. The discussion seeks to lay out the opportunities and additional benefits (above business as usual) of establishing collaborative governance models for city precincts, with the New Sydney Waterfront Company as the case study. Jace's experience from working in similar roles around the world highlights that for dynamic and growing precincts that have clear ambitions of physically growing and generating more opportunities for its stakeholders, improvement district models of governance could be a real opportunity.
Episode 9: 5G and place
We hear about its enabling benefits – the speed, the low latency, the new industries. From life-changing e-health to connected everything. But what does it look like? Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as just turning up the 4G dial. We have to build a national 5G network. It’s a massive infrastructure project. It requires lots of planning and design, digging and deploying.
In this webinar audio recording we assembled a panel of leading practitioners in telecommunications, landscape architecture, land development, and product design to unpack 5G and what it means for out streets, places and public spaces.
Thank you to our guests:
Episode 8: Planning for next gen urban development
Continuing with the theme of digitally-enabled urban development, Adam sits down with Chris van der Pol (Senior Planner and Urban Designer, JFP Urban Consultants) to reflect on the property sector's evolution over the past few decades as it has aspired to build higher performing assets and more sustainable communities. And we ponder.... what happens now for those shaping urban development projects, with new digital tools and data insights at their fingertips?
Episode 7: [Plan]ning and [Tech]nology
In this episode Adam sits down with Julia Thomson, Head of PlanTech at FrontierSI, to discuss the role of digital and data enablers in helping the urban planning process evolve in our digital economy - what the marketplace is referring to as PlanTech. Julia brings to the conversation her deep learnings from her time with the Greater London Authority in helping build the Emerging Technology Charter for London, the London Data Store and the High Streets Data Service. These learnings helped in directing Adam and Julia's conversation around the future of planning (technology) for great places in Australia.
Episode 6: Precinct promises, digital dreams
In this episode we unpack emerging desires for future precinct developments and explore in detail the intersections between sustainability and digital, and the conditions that need to be established to accelerate this opportunity. Accompanied by CBRE's Property Management Pacific Head of ESG, Natasha Mulcahy, and Sarah Kinsella who is Partner Climate and Sustainability at Deloitte, Adam leads a discussion on what comes next for the planning, design and delivery of precinct development in Australia that respects our climate ambitions while also acknowledging our needs to participate in the digital economy.
Episode 5: Digital trust in the public realm
Digital trust is an important agenda, and a discussion we must have. We collectively must plan, design, procure and deploy innovative solutions that are shaped by purpose and meaning, deployed with transparency, and operated in an ethical way.
In this webinar audio recording we share information about the idea of digital trust and how we nurture it as an opportunity for shaping better places.
To help break down digital trust and build processes for embracing the opportunity, we assembled a panel of guests who shared their various perspectives, including:
- Tegan Kop – Director Smart City Incubator (Acting), City of Melbourne
- Michelle Teis – Managing Partner, GWI
- Nicole Stephensen – Partner and Privacy Lead, IIS Partners
- Susan Skoudas – Director Place Management, Sydney Olympic Park Authority
Episode 4: Measuring urban life
In this episode Adam brings together a panel of guests to discuss the why, what and how of measuring urban life in our public places and spaces. Jessica Christiansen-Franks from Neighbourlytics, Chris Pettit from the University of New South Wales and Georgia Vitale from Grimshaw share their respective views on why this is important, how we might go about measuring urban life and what the future holds for this idea of understanding the value, performance and contribution of urban life to our communities.
Episode 3: Street Lab Part 1_Last mile musings
In the first part of a series exploring the digital lifestyles of our streets, Adam chats with Shifani Sood (Senior Consultant at WSP in Australia) about our streets as places and how last mile freight is becoming a significant disruptor to our entrenched mindsets of what role our streets play in a digital economy. The conversation looks at digital lifestyles that are driving significant growth in e-commerce, and then drills down into the physical planning and design reponses from 'clicking' online.
Episode 2: The changing landscape, literally
In this episode Adam talks to Katie Earle, Associate Director at McGregor Coxall, and a national Director of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects. Their conversation starts with a conversation around the role of landscape in great places, before touching on assessing, scoring and quantifying best practice places. Adam then asks about digital and data in our landscape, with Katie sharing her views on data inspired landscape architecture practices, and what she thinks about one of the most significant infrastructure deployments about to hit the public realm - 5G digital infrastructure.
Episode 1: Who is ENE.HUB and what is life_Enabled?
Well, before we jump in and start releasing podcast episodes about connecting, activating and measuring urban life in our public places and spaces, we thought it would be prudent to explain who ENE.HUB is, what we do and what life_Enabled is. Adam Beck, Head of Digital Urbanism at ENE.HUB shares a short history of the company, and its mission in life.
What to expect on the Urban Life Enabled podcast
Welcome to the Urban Life Enabled podcast, exploring what’s now, and what’s next on sustainably shaping our streets, parks, places and spaces, and how digital and data supports this. Episode by episode we will work to unravel some of the common, and more emerging digital and data enablers that are powering life in our communities and cities. We will cover themes relating to connecting, activating and measuring urban life.
The Urban Life Enabled podcast is powered by ENE.HUB. More information is available at www.life-enabled.com