The annual Zunz Lecture tackles city shaping transport

Australasia Press Office
16 November 2017

On Thursday, 9 November, Arup partnered with UTS to deliver the annual Zunz Lecture at the Museum of Arts and Applied Sciences in Sydney, addressing the theme – City Shaping Transport.

Isabel Dedring, Arup’s Global Transport Leader delivered the keynote presentation and addressed how transport has shaped cities of the past, present and future. 

Transport has shaped the history of human civilisation, from pedestrian movement to movement by sea, roads, rail, and aviation so it’s no surprise that cities are no exception. Of course transport has shaped cities as well. ”

Isabel Dedring Isabel Dedring Global Transport Leader

Isabel looked closely at themes like opening up new parts of the city and catalysing new housing, creating delight, and contributing to city identity and pride. She also addressed how shifting the ways we use technologies like thermal imaging and driverless cars, and how we establish business models can have a positive impact on transport outcomes.

City Shaping Transport Zunz Lecture Series 2017
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At the most basic level, a lot of these technologies exist today but they’re not being deployed. We can make our cities much safer, cleaner and greener with all the technologies that exist. Why aren’t they being rolled out at scale? ” Isabel Dedring Isabel Dedring Global Transport Leader

Panel sitting on stage at Zunz 2017 event Panel sitting on stage at Zunz 2017 event
Joining Isabel on stage for a panel discussion, was Tony Braxton-Smith, Deputy Secretary, Customer Services, Transport for NSW; Paul Oppenheim, Chief Executive Officer, Plenary Group; Elizabeth Mossop, Dean of the UTS Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building; and Alice Thompson, National Leader Cities and Regional Development, KPMG.

Facilitated by Richard Sharp, Advisory Services Leader, Arup, the panel addressed concepts like integrating urban design with transport design, value capture, and accessing and using commuter data in what was an engaging and thought provoking discussion.