We see three trends emerging across the built environment. First, city systems are becoming more complex. Transport, water, waste and energy must now be considered alongside one another when designing complete solutions. Second, Data streams—like Twitter—have made it easier to quantify the way we perceive our environments. Third, machine learning, robotics, and automation have given us the tools to produce higher quality goods in a way that’s faster, cheaper, and produces less waste along the way. Issue II of the Australasia Research Review shares our explorations into the opportunities presented by each of these trends.
Front cover: Hoa Yang, Lighting Designer, Melbourne.