This week, the highlight was the launch of our new City Analytics Research Lab. We also have student wins, new research partnerships and upcoming opportunities of interest to share. It’s great too, to see construction finally underway on the ground floor refurbishment!
BE World First: On Wednesday morning the Honourable Paul Fletcher MP, Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities, formally opened the City Analytics Lab at UNSW Built Environment. At the launch the Minister announced the opening of the second round of the Federal Government Smart Cities & Suburbs Program. Another $22 million in grants will be allocated to local governments through a competitive grant process. Find out more.
Last week, I had the opportunity to spend time interviewing Carl Weisbrod from New York who was brought to Sydney by the Committee of Sydney. He is a former Director of Planning and Chair of New York’s Planning Commission and having worked for 5 Mayors over 35 years has had a pivotal role in the development of this global city. There were many lessons for Sydney but what was most compelling was New York City’s Affordable Housing Program implemented through two strategies. Firstly, the City allocates 10% of it’s capital budget to subsidise the provision of affordable housing. This equates to an investment of $8bn over 10 years and 300,000 new dwellings. This capital commitment is complemented by the second strategy, inclusionary zoning, that mandates 25-30% of affordable housing in all new residential developments. Aspirational and achievable.
BE Student Success: Congratulations to UNSW Built Environment Interior Architecture graduand Nic Robson, who has taken out the Artichoke Magazine Prize for design communication. Robson, who completed a Bachelor of Interior Architecture (Honours) in 2017, won the award with his design proposal for the revitalisation of the White Bay Power Station in Rozelle. Find out more.
PG Information Session: Join us on campus on Thursday 10th May for the UNSW Postgraduate Info Session. Hear from guest speakers and talk to academics and current students about our degree and course options. Please share this invitation with friends and colleagues interested in returning to study. Find out more.
BE Research Partnership: UNSW is undertaking a joint study on healthy living and high-density housing with Landcom, University of Technology Sydney and the University of Sydney. Professor Susan Thompson who is Head of the City Wellbeing Program in our faculty’s City Futures Research Centre leads the project for UNSW: she commented, “We know that the way we live in cities has an enormous impact on our health. The more we can incorporate being active and socially connected into the environments we plan, design and use every day, the more we reduce our risk of chronic conditions like type 2 diabetes, heart disease and depression. This research will help to generate the evidence policy makers, planners and urban designers need to make this happen.” Find out more.
Call for Papers: The RIBA is now welcoming entries for the RIBA President’s Awards for Research 2018, which includes the RIBA President’s Medal for Research. The submission categories include; Ethics and Sustainable Development, Design and Technical, Cities and Community, History and Theory. Find out more.
This month's briefing include UNSW FASS's involvement in the Sydney Writers’ Festival, the release of the New Procurement Policy and Tools, the launch of the Financial Inclusion Action Plan, UNSW Hospitality’s new service offering and a Congratulations to the UNSW Early Years’ Tigger’s Honeypot has been awarded an ‘Excellent’ rating from the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority. Find out more.
If you missed signing up for the Global Challenge there is another opportunity to get active and to support a good cause. We are calling for expressions of interest from across the Faculty to participate in the upcoming City2Surf charity run on August 12. Express your interest here.
Finally, if you have not already done so, be sure to register for Tuesday night's Utzon Lecture Alternative Nature, being presented by leading Korean Landscape Architect, Jungyoon Kim. Find out more.
Until next week,
All the best,