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The digital CBD roadmap: a vision for Melbourne as a leading digital city

Other authors
Annette Markham, Max Parasol, Alexia Maddox, Tharuka Rupasinghe, Ahmad Salehi Shahrak, Banya Barua, Son Tran, Laki Kondylas, Michael Fairbairn, Tulley Kearney, Sally Piper, Darcy Allen, Indigo Holcombe-James, Jacinthe Flore, Julian Waters-Lynch, Konrad Peszynski, Nataliya Ilyushina, Trent MacDonald, Todd Denham, Amarens Breteler, Kelsie Nabben
This report outlines a vision for Melbourne to start moving towards a globally influential digital city by as soon as 2023 - if funding is prioritised. This would allow for a more efficient and effective economy, while creating a city that is secure, connected and...
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AI localism in practice: examining how cities govern AI

The rapid growth of cities and advances in data has led to the growing adoption of artificial intelligence and other automated systems in cities across the world. This report aims to serve as a primer for policy-makers and practitioners to learn about current governance and...
Report

Automated decision making in transport mobilities: review of industry trends and visions for the future

This report maps and analyses the social implications of the visions of our transport future. The report examines the assumptions underpinning these visions, as they are represented and projected in recent transport and mobilities stakeholder reporting.
Report

The liveable metropolis

This is a research report about cities that deserve more recognition and more attention, especially in a world that is rightly considering the changing roles or characteristics of urban centres in a COVID-19 affected environment.
Report

When billboards stare back: how cities can reclaim the digital public space

Our physical public areas – town squares, pedestrian zones, shopping centres and bus stops – are increasingly subject to unfettered digitalisation. This report sets out a number of concrete actions cities can take to increase their influence and effectiveness in protecting the data of their...
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Shaping the future of small and medium-sized cities: a framework for digital transformation

At present, the digitalisation level of small and medium-sized cities (SMCs) varies greatly in different regions of the world and at different economic levels. This report examines the challenges of digital transformation in SMCs from four viewpoints - society, economy, governance and environment.
Conference paper

Building types to address the missing middle: a review of typologies to increase density in Australian inner-city suburbs

The question of how to best design this medium-rise, medium-density, mixed-used development is the focus of this paper, which reviews building typologies sourced from established medium-density global cities so as to propose alternative development paradigms for Australian cities.
Conference paper

Playing it safe: co-designing safe, inclusive, sustainable and resilient future cities

This paper reports on a 3D printed tabletop board game that can be applied as a tool for co-designing resilient neighbourhoods and cities and on 'gamifying' the design of resilient cities to test markers of sustainability, community cohesion and disaster preparedness.
Briefing paper

Mobilising local action to address 21st century challenges

This policy brief summarises considerations on mission-oriented innovations in cities to address the critical urban challenges of the 21st century.
Report

Benchmarking Melbourne 2022

This report measures Melbourne’s all-round performance against 20 peer cities. The report highlights the need for greater collaboration between business, institutions, government, entrepreneurs and residents, to ensure that Greater Melbourne has a great future.
Report

The future of the digital CBD: Melbourne and beyond

This report provides the multi-disciplinary context for, and approach to, building a digital CBD. The report draws together expertise surrounding digital technologies and cities from economics, law, the social sciences, media and communications, and cybersecurity, to identify Melbourne’s challenges, transition points and opportunities.
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Te Ara Matatika: The fair path

This report argues New Zealand leaders need to rethink the transport system around two objectives - reducing car dependence and making the transport system fairer.
Briefing paper

Circular cities: a circular water economy for cleaner, greener, healthier, more prosperous cities

This paper explores circular cities, where the use and reuse of water and wastewater resources are optimized, thereby unlocking the true value and potential of urban areas.
Report

Renewables in cities: 2021 global status report

This report provides an overview of the status, trends and developments of renewable energy in cities, using the most up-to-date information and data available.
Briefing paper

Accelerating a just transition to smart, sustainable cities

Smart cities collect and use data to better manage resources, provide services and allocate assets. This policy brief explores both the potential benefits and the negative consequences of the smart city approach to the governance of sustainability transitions.
Report

Guidelines for city mobility: steering towards collaboration

Developed by the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Mobility, these guidelines reflect shared goals for liveable and just transport networks and cities. This document provides eight practical guidelines – from data-sharing to multimodal integration – that help establish, develop and strengthen partnerships between...
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Smart cities down under: performance of Australian local government areas

This report presents the findings of a study conducted at the Urban Studies Lab of Queensland University of Technology (QUT), that placed Australian local government areas under the smart city microscope to evaluate their performances. The study also generates insights for understanding the reasons behind...
Conference paper

Will driverless cars produce walkable cities for Australia?

This paper draws on design research exploring detailed scenarios for driverless cars as primary access to suburban rail stations in Melbourne. The findings question the extent to which walkable urbanism is likely to result in a driverless future.
Conference paper

Governance and engagement to optimise outcomes for public transport mega-projects

Transport and land use planning for major infrastructure projects is often not well aligned, resulting in poor urban outcomes or lost opportunities associated with major investment in transit amenity. The aim of this paper is to identify the drivers of success for large-scale, complex transport...
Conference paper

Scale, territory, and the organisation of the state in transport planning in Melbourne, Australia, and Toronto, Canada

Transport planning is the set of state-led practices that seek to improve (using) mobility, with reference to an idealised future imaginary. This research characterises how scale is deployed in practices of transport planning, with a focus on the Melbourne (Australia) and Toronto (Canada) urban regions...
Journal article

Understanding climate change from a global analysis of city analogues

Combating climate change requires unified action across all sectors of society. However, this collective action is precluded by the ‘consensus gap’ between scientific knowledge and public opinion.
Briefing paper

Safeguarding big data captured in public spaces through standardization

This policy brief proposes the development of voluntary standards for safeguarding big data captured in public spaces. Broad recommendations are made regarding the main features of the proposed standards for consideration by interested parties.
Report

Global city challenges: the creative and social economy solution

This report looks at how the creative and social economies can offer solutions to some of society's biggest challenges, spur innovation and help us overcome the challenges of tomorrow.
Discussion paper

Fab City whitepaper: locally productive, globally connected self-sufficient cities

The Fab City is an international initiative to develop locally productive and globally connected self-sufficient cities. This document explains how the Fab City project aims to build a new economy based on distributed data and manufacturing infrastructure.
Report

Growing the Australian innovation economy: an examination of innovation ecosystems in the United States

Introduction Innovative cities drive economic growth, deliver new jobs, and create thriving communities for residents to live, work, play, invest and visit. Precincts and districts catering for innovation are being created around the world as new examples of communities that have excellent amenity, great access...