The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), IoTAA and the Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand (SCCANZ) have announced a collaboration to build the street of the future in Sydney’s CBD.

The installation – The Future Street – is to be part of AILA’s national Festival of Landscape Architecture, a four-day celebration on conceiving, reimagining and transforming the outside world from streetscapes to parks and playgrounds, transport solutions to tourism strategies, to new suburbs and even cities.

AILA CEO, Shahana McKenzie, said “The Future Street is the culmination of numerous converging ideas around landscape, infrastructure and technology, that have resulted in a unique collaboration to help imagine the important role our streets can play in the future.”.

SCCANZ Executive Director, Adam Beck, said “this project provides us with the opportunity to show government, industry and the community the exciting outcomes from weaving the digital, natural and built environments together in this important public space, the street.”

The idea behind The Future Street originated from an event in late 2016, where planning and design professionals reimagined the role of streets under a range of disruptions, such as climate change, autonomous vehicles, and rapid technological change.

The third partner of The Future Street, IoTAA, has joined AILA and SCCANZ to help deliver a showcase of the Internet of Things (IoT). IoTAA CEO, Frank Zeichner, said of the installation, “IOT provides the opportunity to grow Australia’s competitiveness, innovation landscape and liveability, by connecting data, devices, people, processes and things to the internet. It helps people make better and more informed decisions to get the best possible outcomes”.

The Future Street will open for public viewing during the Festival of Landscape Architecture, 12-15 October 2017, and showcase a range of landscape, IoT, utilities, transportation and urban design and place making features. The installation will be supported by a program of topical discussions and case studies, and will gather and report on real time data.