International Urban Design Conference

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.


The Conference Committee would like to thank the 2016 Keynote Speakers


2016 Program Topics:

  • How to make a city smart?
  • Sustainability in a smart city
  • Urban design innovation for smart cities
  • City Infrastructure
  • Urban design opportunities in high density living areas
  • Mixing up residential and commercial uses  in inner cities
  • Population change and livability
  • Housing affordability
  • Financing city development
  • What future for car dependent cities like Canberra?
  • Politics and city form: lessons learnt from the City of Canberra, and other Australian cities

The Conference program will also include presentations on the operation of an urban design practice, industry standards and the Urban Design Profession. The Conference will provide all participants with an opportunity to contribute, learn and network with peers.

Be inspired by innovations and projects that are transforming cities. This conference is an opportunity for design professionals to exchange ideas and experiences, to be creative and visionary, and to contribute to redesigning our urban futures.

Who Should Attend:

Urban Designers Policy Makers Town Planners
Politicians Architects Social Planners
Public Servants Landscape Architects Development Industry
Engineers Academics Researchers
Infrastructure Fund Managers City Governance Personnel Economic Commentators

What delegates thought about the 2015 Conference

  •  “Very good mix between professional, academic and governmental presentations”
  • “The keynotes speakers were inspiring, as it is my first international conference, I have learnt a lot from each of the presentations I attended”
  •  “I’ve walked away feeling very inspired and want to make some changes to how my role can influence urban planning within our care and control and infrastructure projects”
  •  “The sessions provided me with valuable knowledge and expanded thoughts of how and why we design places as we do”
  •  “There was a good spectrum from micro to macro issues”

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