• Smart city: using technology to tackle traffic and social isolation in Melbourne

    Smart city: using technology to tackle traffic and social isolation in Melbourne

    The Guardian Sustainable Business | Smart Cities: Traffic congestion and social isolation are two concepts that don’t immediately appear to be connected. But in 2012, the Grattan Institute’s Social Cities report drew a direct line between inefficient urban transport and less time spent with friends and family. One estimate suggested every 10 minutes of commuting equates to 10% fewer social …Read more.
  • Encouraging open innovation: enabling cities in the pursuit of new ideas

    Encouraging open innovation: enabling cities in the pursuit of new ideas

    It’s time for cities to think about procuring ideas rather than solutions. Melbourne invites your ideas to make commuting easier and more sociable. As cities face increasingly complex challenges and an uncertain future it’s timely for them to think differently about how they seek out new ideas and solutions.  Whether you call it crowd-sourcing, hackathons, design competitions – open innovation …Read more.
  • Making headway with resilience

    Making headway with resilience

    We continue to make progress in our resilience efforts across greater Melbourne. Notably, the Resilient Melbourne Citymart Challenge has gained attention from organisations across the globe, with numerous submissions already placed. Submissions close Friday 23 June. At the end of last month, we were involved in Australia’s first summit on community placemaking, hosted by Resilient Melbourne’s partners CoDesign Studio. Putting …Read more.
  • Resilient Melbourne

    Resilient Melbourne

    John Merritt, Chief Executive at VicRoads: Congestion is a challenge to Melbourne’s world class liveability. In a time of rapid population growth, one of the biggest challenges our city faces is the issue of movement and travel. Melbourne is Australia’s fastest growing city with an estimated population growth of 1 million in the next ten years. Most of this growth is happening …Read more.
  • Co-designing future cities

    Co-designing future cities

    Jan Owen Chief Executive Officer at The Foundation for Young Australians: Cities are getting bigger, younger and increasingly complex. For the first time in human history over half the world’s population lives in cities. This figure is expected to rise with the United Nations projecting that by 2050 more than 70% of the people on the planet will live in …Read more.
  • Users are the true innovators: lessons from bicycles

    Users are the true innovators: lessons from bicycles

    Necessity and ingenuity are both said to be the mother of invention. It is therefore with great expectations and excitement to see that Resilient Melbourne has launched its Citymart (open innovation) Challenge. To address the dual challenge of transport congestion and social disconnection requires innovative and creative thinking that challenges mainstream ways by which people travel. As City of Melbourne …Read more.
  • Seeking your transformational ideas

    Seeking your transformational ideas

    SUBMISSIONS CLOSE FRIDAY 23 JUNE. Do you have ideas on ways to reduce Melbourne’s transport congestion and encourage positive social connections? Take part in the Resilient Melbourne Citymart Challenge and help us ease two consequences of rapid urban development. We’re inviting creative, feasible and powerful ideas – whether they be concepts, prototypes or products – from Australia and around the world, …Read more.
  • We can climate-proof Australia, but we have to start now

    We can climate-proof Australia, but we have to start now

    Talk to any investor these days about climate and energy policy, and the level of frustration is evident. Current policy paralysis has stalled investment in additional renewable energy generation that is needed to replace ageing infrastructure, with cost implications for all Australians.Read more.
  • Closer look at urban biodiversity

    Closer look at urban biodiversity

    Biodiversity and resilience experts from around the world converged on Melbourne last month, as 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation – hosted a forum exploring ways to transform our cities through nature, making them more liveable and resilient. Being able to host and participate in this type of Network Exchange is just one of the many benefits …Read more.
  • Reflecting on 2016, preparing for 2017

    Reflecting on 2016, preparing for 2017

    It’s been a year of surprises and uncertainties across the world, which makes it even more important for cities to work with citizens to be unified and plan better for the future. The global commitment to sustainable urban development was invigorated by the ratification of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the successful Habitat III meeting in Quito. And …Read more.

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