Cities of the future showcased at Future Street in Circular Quay

Release Date: 
12 October 2017
Media release

Joint Media Release
CEO Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, Tim Arnold

Hi-tech park benches, driverless vehicles and smart street lights are on show in the Future Street, launched today at Circular Quay by Assistant Minister for Cities Angus Taylor.

The first of its kind in Australia, “The 3rd City” is part of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects’ (AILA) four-day International Festival of Landscape Architecture.

Assistant Minister Taylor said the Australian Government was a major sponsor of Future Street.

"I’m delighted to open the Future Street installation today. The fantastic innovation and technology on show here - park benches with phone and laptop chargers, street lights with 4G/ 5G connectivity, driverless shuttle buses – are a great inspiration for designers and planners," Assistant Minister Taylor said.

AILA’s CEO Tim Arnold said the Australian Government’s Smart Cities Plan and support for the Future Street installation confirmed the importance of local-level smart technology partnerships.

"The Future Street is a ground-breaking installation, also involving collaboration with Place Design Group, Internet of Things Alliance Australia (IOTAA) and the Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand (SCCANZ) to design and build the street of the future in Sydney’s CBD," Mr Arnold said.

"Concepts on show here today will influence the way streets will be designed, now, and into the future."

The Future Street, taking place in Alfred Street in front of Customs House, Circular Quay, will be open to the public during the Festival of Landscape Architecture, 12-15 October 2017.

"Harnessing the power of technology will be key to the success of our cities. That’s why the Australian Government is investing $50 million through the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program to support technology to make our cities and towns work better," Assistant Minister Taylor said.