On March 20, at an exclusive WORKTECH Sydney breakfast event, Mirvac launched ‘The Future of the Smart Precinct’ report.
This report looks at the physical–digital mix of the smart precinct and at how a balance can be achieved between the human experience and an influx of new technology.
Smart precincts are defined in the report as digitally enabled, mixed-use urban districts that combine the latest technologies and smart services with new property and place-making strategies.
The new report builds on a 2017 Mirvac study of ways to activate the smart precinct, in which the term Intermix was used to describe how the various elements might be woven together in different configurations.
To produce this second report, Mirvac worked with WORKTECH Academy to conduct in-depth interviews with a range of international experts in urban design, architecture, technology, infrastructure, property and city-making.
The research revealed a series of new perspectives on smart precincts as well as the key challenges they face, illustrating the need for a balance or a bargain to be struck between the human and the digital. The report concludes with a case study of Mirvac’s ATP project in Sydney.
The Intermix Approach: Activating the Smart Precinct
Mirvac has unveiled a new discussion paper on the future of smart precincts, ahead of WORKTECH 2017 in Sydney this week.
In the discussion paper, launched this morning entitled ‘The Intermix Approach: Activating the Smart Precinct’, Mirvac outlines leading development approaches and best practice models for digitally enabled districts, or ‘smart precincts’ that will shape our cities.
Paul Edwards, General Manager of Workplace Experiences at Mirvac, said developers must start to look beyond the footprint of the building they are developing to ensure they create smart, enabled precincts.
The discussion paper defines eight Intermix principles, including: One connected community; Shaping the sharing economy; Fluid boundaries and flow; The curated precinct; Flexible space matters; Makerspace culture; The wellbeing dividend; and Destination, not dead zone.
‘The Intermix Approach: Activating the Smart Precinct’ discussion paper was launched at a breakfast briefing at Mirvac’s award winning headquarters at 200 George Street, Sydney, alongside an interactive masterclass with research scientist, Dr Kristine Dery, MIT Sloan, and Philip Ross, as part of WORKTECH 17 Sydney.
If you would like to receive the full version of ‘The Intermix Approach: Activating the Smart Precinct’ please click here to download the full report.
The Jelly Bean Working Report is the result of Mirvac’s ongoing partnership and collaboration with Philip Ross, Founder and CEO of UnWork, and contains ground-breaking thinking around how innovations in digital technologies will entirely transform the way we interact and engage in the workplace.
With advancements in workplace technology, distance is becoming increasingly irrelevant. Employees can be at work from wherever they are in the world and the arrival of cloud-based systems is changing the way we use office buildings.
We are moving towards a future where your presence is shown within software, similar to the presence icon we already have on Skype. This presence icon – our ‘Jelly Bean’ - will tell the world where we are and what we are doing. It will shape how we connect with others and the world around us.
Understanding the implications of this trend towards activity based clustering is vital to Mirvac, if we are to continue to deliver workplaces that meet and exceed the evolving needs of our tenants and end users.
To download the full version of ‘Jelly Bean Working: The new world of work’, please click here.