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Please join the Alumni Association for the University of Sydney’s School of Architecture, Design and Planning for an interactive panel discussion, Brave New Cities - how technology and data are disrupting the delivery of infrastructure.

How do we design future cities? Traditional links between economics and land use planning have been disrupted. Connectivity is the new buzz word - modern cities need to connect people with people, and people to places. Many stakeholders need to be satisfied, and cost versus value needs to be understood. How can we leverage emerging technology, open data and design thinking to deliver vibrant communities, valued spaces and create more liveable cities?

Experts from architecture, design, academia, and the property industry will explore through moderated discussion the application of emerging technologies with a focus on opportunities and applications for creating socially responsible, sustainable, connected and cost-effective communities and infrastructure. Tangible case studies, along with current research on technology tools to measure and deliver new value to the design and built environment, will be discussed.

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Amanda Steele, Managing Director, Asset Services, Pacific, CBRE (Moderator)

Since graduating from the University of Sydney, Amanda Steele has focused her career on sustainability and developing skills in strategic ability, creativity and innovation. Her strengths lie in integrated solutions to persistent problems across the environmental, social and economic spectrums.

Her current role involves delivering high quality products and services to existing and prospective clients, while driving strategy for the business to ensure best outcomes for customers and stakeholders.

Amanda has worked with the highest levels of government both nationally and internationally. She is also a regular speaker at conferences and the author of several sustainability reports, many of which have won national awards.

Michelle Cramer, Principal Urban Design, Lendlease

Michelle Cramer was trained at the University of Sydney - where she graduated with First Class Honours and the University Medal - and Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Her experience extends to strategic and conceptual master planning for urban developments, including complex mixed use town centres, neighbourhoods and communities.

Michelle has worked on various large scale architectural, urban design and infrastructure projects across Australia, including the 2000 Olympic Games site in Sydney. She has previously held positions at Hames Sharley, Woods Bagot and the City of Sydney.

She is a respected academic and is currently working on City Life Labs – three research projects creating new city models to challenge how we think about infrastructure. It involves building an app that will harness data to facilitate community consultation.

Martin Tomitsch, Chair of Design and Director of the Design Lab, The University of Sydney

Martin Tomitsch is co-author of ‘New Media Facades’ published by av edition, and over 100 articles published in journals and academic conferences. He is a founding member of the Media Architecture Institute, ICT4D.at, state co-chair of the Australian Computer-Human Interaction Special Interest Group, and visiting lecturer at the Vienna University of Technology's Research Group for Industrial Software.

His primary research interest is the application of user-centred interaction design methods and the study of user behaviours to inform the development of novel interfaces and interaction techniques for everyday life.

Martin also teaches interaction and UX design to undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University of Sydney.

Margot Black, Community and Sustainability Manager, Charter Hall

Margot Black is the Community and Sustainability Manager at Charter Hall, working across the office, industrial and retail portfolios to build on environmental and social outcomes for the business. Her 25 years in the property industry has involved engaging, connecting and creating social outcomes for communities.

As an urban planner, Margot has worked in State Government on housing and planning systems, as well as Local Government, reimagining Fortitude Valley in Brisbane. As a consultant, Margot created strategic housing, transport and commercial strategies across Australia.

She has worked in sustainability for Stockland and Lendlease, creating outcomes in shopping centres, offices and residential developments to ensure the full range of community infrastructure is integrated into developments.

Michael Comninos, Head of Strategy, Astrolabe Group Pty Ltd

Michael Comninos has worked in various roles for the NSW Government, including the portfolios of Transport, Treasury, Finance, Housing, Planning, Education, Health, Justice and Innovation, before becoming Head of Strategy for Astrolabe Group. He understands how the public and private sectors can work together to create value for citizens and shareholders.

Michael holds a unique suite of skills in strategy and policy development, public administration, advocacy, regulatory reform, project management and data and analytics. He intimately understands the workings of government, such as what motivates individuals and how to navigate the system to get results.

He is an alumnus from the University of Sydney as well as the Australian Graduate School of Management and the Australia and New Zealand School of Government.

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