UD3: The Future of the Smart Precinct

The upcoming 2018 International Urban Design Conference will be held at the SMC Conference and Function Centre, Sydney, NSW next month over 12 – 13 November.

The conference will showcase innovations in projects and research embracing and creating transformational change in urban environments.

Joining us at the conference is Paul Edwards, General Manager at Mirvac who will present on ‘UD3: The Future of the Smart Precinct’.


Smart precincts are digitally enabled, mixed-use urban districts that combine the latest technologies and smart services with new property and place-making strategies. From London and New York to Sydney and Seoul, they are emerging from the ground to form the essential building blocks of the future smart city.

In a new discussion paper, The Future of the Smart Precinct, Mirvac and UNWORK explore the smart precinct in the context of city innovation and regeneration, looking at:
• The physical–digital mix of the smart precinct
• How smart precincts are renegotiating 
the web of relationships between city authorities, citizens, businesses, employees
• How a balance can be achieved between preserving the human experience and the influx of new technology

In his presentation, Paul will discuss the current debate and thinking about smart buildings and cities, positioning the smart precinct as a key focus of urban development and innovation.

He will discuss concepts including “The New Bargain” and “Creative Citizenship”, positioning smart precincts as giant testbeds for urban innovation, where data is shared freely between all community participants, underpinned by the concept that there is shared value in data exchange.

He will also discuss how in all areas of development, a new bargain or balance must be struck
to ensure the human and digital elements
of the smart precinct can be harmonized, looking at:
– Reskilling the human workforce in the face of automation
– How technology will serve a human-centric urbanism
– Tech-enabled ‘collectives of intimacy’ allowing people to take on reciprocal roles in a community

Paul will showcase international and local case studies, while outlining the key challenges that face the smart precinct. More specifically, he will look at how the principles of a smart precinct have been applied at South Eveleigh, Mirvac’s new innovation and technology precinct in Sydney.


As General Manager of Workplace Experiences for Mirvac, Paul Edwards works to define and shape what the future of workspace and office development will look like for Mirvac, it’s customers and the greater property industry. His role centres on partnerships, relationships and knowledge creation across all elements of property including placemaking, smart technology, design, sustainability, health, wellbeing, brand, culture, community and mobility. With over 20 years’ experience in the property space, Paul is responsible for helping Mirvac set a new group workplace strategy through the development of a knowledge bank on the future of workplace. Mirvac will use this to help improve new and existing development projects and assets across Australia.

For more information on the 2018 International Urban Design Conference and to secure your spot visit the conference website at urbandesignaustralia.com.au


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