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Urban Design

Using tools and technologies to better plan for net zero
urban precincts and corridors

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In this research interventions take place across four key pathways. Urban design is one of those pathways.

The primary activity of the urban design pathway is the development and application of the ‘Envision Tomorrow Australia’ scenario planning tool based on Envision Tomorrow which was developed for use in the United States.

Envision Tomorrow Australia (or ET-Oz for short) will be an open-source tool for any Australian precinct seeking to assess different scenarios of development including energy use and source, emissions and fiscal/financial implications. The ET-Oz model is also aiming to include new elements of net zero including green infrastructure, public transport and place qualities.

It is intended that ET Oz will support open and collaborative planning and modelling to inform the development of net zero precincts, specifically for an Australian context.

“What is needed is to bring all the stakeholders together…on one platform…and that is where our project fits in. It offers this digital tool, this digital platform, where all stakeholders come together and they decide, they design their own pathway”

Prof. Reena Tiwari
Professorial Lead Urban Design

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