SmartNSW Masterclass: The Power of Smart Public Spaces
Date: Thursday, 16 November, 9.30–11.45am | FREE
Location: Re-watch online.
Public spaces are the foundation for public life and the heart of great places. They create connections between our homes and high streets, transport hubs and places of work and study.
Great public spaces encourage us to stay, connect, play and participate – generating vibrant, inclusive communities where people can get outside and get active.
The Covid-19 pandemic demonstrated the strength of public space in connecting people, Country and community; and in caring for our health and well-being. These public spaces, as small as our laneways, or as large as our green open spaces, libraries and cultural spaces, need to be places with meaning for our communities.
This SmartNSW Masterclass will demonstrate the role of technology and data in:
- creating great public spaces that connect, engage, excite and include the community.
- measuring place outcomes, to demonstrate the value of place activation and support decision making and investment.
Browse the masterclass agenda below, and access session videos, additional resources, and presenter slides.
This is a special masterclass delivered as part of the Power of Public Spaces Program, a collaboration between the NSW Government and Macquarie University. Together we are uniting leading thinkers and practitioners to explore possibilities and solutions for our shared public spaces.
‘The Power of Public Spaces to Connect Communities and Places’ project is funded through an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant (LP210200796) between researchers at Macquarie University and partners in Transport for NSW, Department of Planning and Environment and the NSW Government Architect. Find out more about the project at the Macquarie University project page.
9.30am Welcome & Keynote
Rory Brown, Executive Director, Smart Places, Cities and Active Transport, Transport for NSW
9.45am Panel discussion: Creating smart public spaces: the imperative for change
This panel will introduce the changing trends of how our public spaces are being used by communities post pandemic – and how our understanding is shaped by available (or unavailable) data.
Facilitator: Drew Pinazza, Director, Streets and Centres, Cities and Active Transport, Transport for NSW
- Adam Beck, Co-Chair, Smart Places and Infrastructure Workstream, Internet of Things Alliance Australia
- Kylie Legge, Founding Director of Place Partners and Place Score
- Chris Pettit, Professor of Urban Science, Director - City Futures Research Centre, University of NSW
- The Smart Public Spaces Charter includes six principles to give customers a voice and provide for the protection of data, transparency, accessibility and equity in smart places. Sign up to the Charter to demonstrate your commitment to putting people, Country, sustainability and resilience at the centre of smart places.
- Smart Public Spaces Guide introduces the role of technology in delivering better public space outcomes for communities. Download the Smart Public Spaces Guide (PDF, 4.27 MB)
- NSW Public Spaces Charter has been developed to support the planning, design, management and activation of public spaces in NSW. It identifies three core values and 10 principles for quality public space. Find out more about the Charter and how to become a signatory.
- The Great Places Toolkit helps bring the principles of the NSW Public Spaces Charter to life through a collection of free resources to support local government, state agencies, industry and the community. Browse the toolkit online to support planning, managing and creating better and more vibrant cities, towns and neighbourhoods.
- Place Score’s 2023 Australian Liveability Census: is the country’s largest social research project. The Liveability Census reveals what is really important to our communities and local neighbourhoods.
- The Planning Institute of Australia’s PlanTech Strategy includes a wealth of information, resources and working groups to support the profession in navigating digital transformation.
- Access Aequitas: an open-source bias audit toolkit. Developed by the US Center for Data Science and Public Policy at University of Chicago, this tool can be used to make informed decisions about developing and deploying data-based systems.
10.45am Smart speed session: Putting it all into action
Speakers in this session will have 5 minutes and 5 slides each to introduce their experiences in delivering smart public spaces.
Speed Session speakers
- Gemma Baxter, Pilot and Trial Lead, Smart City Incubator City of Melbourne (PDF, 1.91 MB)
- Giles Pickard, Principal Landscape Architect, City of Canning WA (PDF, 2.15 MB)
- Beth Andean, A/Group Manager, Place Services, City of Parramatta (PDF, 2.17 MB)
- NEW SmartNSW Technical Guide available: Smart technology to understand how people use public spaces (PDF, 171.5 KB).
This technical guide provides an overview of the different technologies and methods for collecting data on how people use public spaces. Information includes key considerations for the planning, deployment and use of data.
- NEW Case study available: City of Melbourne’s Social Spaces.
Learn how sensors on public street furniture in Melbourne is building data insights. Placemakers are using this data to design smart public spaces and connect their communities.
- NEW Case study available: City of Canning – Wharf Street Basin.
Read about Western Australia’s first smart park, where a fenced-off stormwater basin has been transformed into a new community smart park which provides real-time information on water quality.
- NEW Case study available: City of Parramatta – Philip St Smart Precinct.
Read about how the City of Parramatta has created a ‘smart street’ in Parramatta’s CBD. Phillip street has been transformed, using smart technologies such as street furniture and environmental monitoring.
- Sunshine Coast Council Smart Infrastructure Manual – Key locations and smart technologies.
The Smart Infrastructure Manual is aimed at designers, project delivery personnel and maintenance teams, for both developer and council delivered assets. This attachment (Attachment 2: Key locations and smart technologies) provides examples of key centres and corridors identified for the inclusion of selected smart technologies.
11.10am Panel: Putting it all into action
Facilitator: Emily Rucker Director Policy & Engagement, Smart Places, Cities and Active Transport, Transport for NSW
Speed Session speakers:
- Gemma Baxter, Pilot and Trial Lead, Smart City Incubator City of Melbourne
- Giles Pickard, Principal Landscape Architect, City of Canning WA
- Beth Andean, A/Group Manager, Place Services, City of Parramatta
11.40am Wrap up & Close
Rory Brown, Executive Director, Smart Places, Cities and Active Transport, Transport for NSW
Adam is an urbanist who has worked for private sector consultancies and leading global non-government organisations to advance sustainable community outcomes in cities around the world for almost 30 years.
Currently, he is Head of Digital Urbanism at ENE.HUB, an Indara Company, a role that has him working collaboratively with government and the private sector to realise the benefits of shared urban infrastructure in connecting, activating and measuring urban life. Adam is also Chair of the Standards Australia Digital Twin Working Group, Co-Chair of the Smart Places and Infrastructure Workstream at the Internet of Things Alliance Australia and co-host of the podcast ‘Digital Built Australia’. Before entering the mission-driven sector Adam spent 15 years with global consulting firms Arup and GHD and founded the Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand.
Kylie Legge is a leading voice in the evolving professions of placemaking and place measurement. She is the founder and CEO of placemaking consultancy Place Partners and innovative data insights company Place Score.
Kylie’s passion lies in the relationship between people and their urban environments and how we can work better collaboratively to create the kinds of places that make people happier and healthier.
Chris Pettit is the Director of the City Futures Research Centre and Chair of the Board of Directors for CUPUM (Computational Urban Planning and Urban Management). He is Chair of the Board of Directors for CUPUM (Computational Urban Planning and Urban Management) the premier international academic at the intersection of digital technologies, data science, urban planning and city shaping. He is a member of the Planning Institute of Australia’s National Plantech Advisory Committee and the Federal Government of Australia’s Urban Policy Network.
Prof Pettit’s expertise is in the convergence of the fields of city planning and digital technologies including Geographical Information Sciences (GIS). For the last 25 years, he has been undertaking research and development in the use of digital planning tools to support a data-driven approach to geodesigning future city scenarios.
City of Melbourne Pilot and Trial Lead, Gemma Baxter seeks projects that impact people. With a career spanning architecture, fashion design, branding and marketing, service design and smart cities, Gemma contributes rigourous trialling processes, an appetite for solving complex problems, the ability to bring together diverse teams to collaborate meaningfully and a community-centric mindset to the multi-disciplinary Smart City Incubator team.
While at City of Melbourne she’s helped develop key communication tools to drive meaningful community engagement in smart city conversations and been an active contributor to the local smart cities ecosystem. The Smart City Incubator at City of Melbourne has been acknowledged with three awards in the past 12 months from their leading work across open space sensing, community engagement tools and a digitally-enabled community space pilot – Micro-Labs.
Giles is passionate about the role that Landscape Architecture can play in the design of our cities and communities. He is particularly keen on the positive role that we can all take to collaborate across disciplines to protect and enhance our environment, and in particular within infrastructure projects, from the small scale to the large.
Rory is Executive Director, Smart Places and Net Zero Cities, in the Cities and Active Transport Division and has been part of the Smart Places award-winning revolution since its inception in 2019. In this role he drives an agenda to deliver great places and outcomes for people using connected technologies and data solutions, working collaboratively across all tiers of government, with the research and academia sector and industry. His passion lies in combining a data- and technology-first approach with a citizen- or customer-led lens to smart places.
Drew Pinazza is an urban planner and designer with a genuine passion for placemaking and urban design. Drew’s experience spans urban renewal, place revitalisation and management, and major infrastructure provision. At Transport for NSW, Drew leads a multi-disciplinary team delivering state-wide programs aimed at helping enhance the walking and cycling experience for communities in neighbourhoods, local centres and transport hub precincts state-wide. This includes the Community Improvement Districts Pilot (formerly Business Improvement Districts), Streets as Shared Spaces, Your High Street, Open Streets, and more.
Emily leads policy and strategy development to support the NSW Government’s ambitions to be the #1 Smart state. She also drives government readiness and appetite to use smart technologies to improve service delivery, and create urban centres that are sustainable, inclusive, connected and economically vibrant. She leads the Government’s capability programs, and strategic partnerships to accelerate safe and appropriate technology adoption.
Emily has almost two decades experience working in the public and private sector to deliver excellence in communication and engagement. She is passionate about solving wicked problems, building great relationships and delivering outcomes.