The launch of a unique tool developed at the SMART Infrastructure Facility marks a new sophistication in dynamic planning in Australia.
Vision Illawarra (visionillawarra.org.au) was conceived as a response to the necessity for local governments to contribute to regional planning without having access to all relevant data and information or adequate modelling tools. It is the first regional platform in Australia that provides access to consistent and regularly updated data on transport, land use, economic growth and demographic change.
The website consists of a free dashboard with publicly available data and a modelling platform available via a subscription.
We invite you to respond to the 'Grand Research Challenge' "What is required to design, develop and carry through the effective provision of Infrastructure to sustain the development of modern society?"
"Given that infrastructure is not an 'engineering artefact' but an 'agent of change', is it possible to imagine infrastructure systems that can meet the needs of twice today's population with half today's resources while providing twice the liveability? (Factor 8)"
We invite researchers, industry and policy makers to Wollongong, to join us 1st-4th October 2013, for a diverse program that responds to the grand research challenge.