Exploring new and improved ways of urban living for a post-pandemic world


34 Little Collins Street

Level 7
(access via lifts on Mcilwraith Place)

Wheelchair accessible

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How can a truly smarter city become an enduring outcome of the COVID-19 pandemic?

In 2020, we’ve all had changes forced onto our day-to-day lives. But many of those have been hurried, one-size-fits-all interventions in response to short-term needs: working from home, lockdowns, and social distancing. Likewise, other responses have been superficial redesigns and repurposings of existing services and infrastructure, without fully harnessing emerging opportunities.

Yet, those stop-gap changes to society’s operations have, despite their narrow vision, uncovered and emphasised a popular groundswell desire to be more sustainable, to spend more quality time with family and community, to find more meaning and connection in our work, and to have a greater work-life balance. Governments, too, are realising there must be new ways to create cities that are more resilient, accommodating, and healthful for all their citizens.

Join Swinburne University of Technology’s Smart Cities Research Institute as respected academic, government, and industry experts analyse the future of the city across themes of decision-making and participation, mobility and public transport, design of spaces for living, and energy and infrastructure. With facilitated audience participation, they will pull together the threads of opportunity of the COVID-19 situation to identify cooperatively better ways of urban living for a post-pandemic world.

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