Infrastructure to support Greater Sydney needs to be designed to adapt and transition with technological changes and mega trends1. For example:
- design transport and infrastructure that responds to demands for use
- design places for electric vehicle recharging and to accommodate decentralised utilities
- adjust city management to changing lifestyles and preferences
- promote digital technology to improve the provision of services
- design car parks and drop-off bays that can be adapted to alternative uses (commercial uses, storage, logistics hubs, depots or community uses) in the event that autonomous vehicles reduce the requirements for car parking
- support virtual high schools using computer technology for accessing selective strands of education such as English, Mathematics and Science that are not available locally.
Infrastructure can become more productive from innovative technologies delivering new operating and maintenance solutions. Recent innovations in digital technologies, such as remote sensing, advanced analytics, autonomous operations, and integrated scheduling and control mean that traditional bricks-and-mortar infrastructure can now be used more effectively, and operated and maintained more efficiently.
Digital-led business models are likely to disrupt today’s services and infrastructure. Therefore, infrastructure needs to be planned to be responsive to change. This includes improvements in efficiencies in logistics and freight through global supply chain integration of physical and communications systems.
Flexible designs and agreements for shared use provide new opportunities for social infrastructure including sportsgrounds, performing arts centres and gallery spaces, meeting rooms, schools and community facilities as well as car sharing and carpooling initiatives that can be adapted for use by a cross-section of the community.
As technologies evolve, a precinct-based approach to community and public infrastructure, including car parking, needs to be taken to maximise adaptability, access and utilisation.
Consider the adaptability of infrastructure and its potential shared use when preparing infrastructure strategies and plans.