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How Streets 2.0 Will Think Tank Future Cities

Our streets, and our cities, are due for an overhaul, says Adam Beck, but strong collaboration is needed to secure all the working parts. The Executive Director of the Smart Cities Council for Australia and New Zealand will coordinate Streets 2.0, a forum inviting engineers, landscape architects, planners, architects, technologists and policy makers to take part in Sydney on December 6. “Streets 2.0 is a critical discussion the industry has to have,” Beck tells StreetChat. “When streets consume up to 20 to 30 per cent of the land area of our cities and communities, it is worth making them function as sustainably as possible. “Our streets are public spaces. Is the best use of space to fill them with two-tonne metal machines travelling at 60 kilometres an hour?” With ideas …

  • 16 nov 2016
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In Profile: Kim Ellis

Kim Ellis is Executive Director of Sydney’s Botanic Gardens and Centennial Parklands, overseeing a network of seven parks from harbourside to mountaintop. He was Director and CEO of the Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust before the parks joined forces in 2014, and was at the helm throughout the operational integration. An advocate for green space, Ellis walks one of the seven parks each morning. Your vision for Australia’s parks and green spaces? Australia is blessed with some of the world’s best public parks and green spaces, but we should not take them for granted. Around 66% of Australians live in capital cities, and this is increasing over time. Population growth pressures and the changes in lifestyle and demographics are already changing the nature and usage of our public spaces. As park managers …

  • 8 nov 2016
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