Arup will play a key role in talks examining the significance of foresight and resilience in planning inclusive and thriving cities.

The annual Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) Congress hosted in Adelaide from 24-26 May will see over 600 delegates, including senior planning experts, gather to examine the drivers of change and help prepare for what may lead to success or failure in designing our cities.

Anna Robinson, Planning and Design Lead, Australasia said: “The PIA Congress is an important opportunity for the industry to come together and share knowledge that will help address major planning challenges. Our focus on foresight will examine strategies and technologies that improve our ability to prepare for disruption and ensure we’re creating spaces and cities that produce more inclusive, resilient, and sustainable futures.” 

Jonathan Kinghorn, Cities, Planning and Design – Australasia Leader said: “Excellence in urban planning and design sets our cities and the people who move through them up for success. Whether it’s thinking about how we enable the shift to more sustainable modes of transport or designing cities that genuinely consider the needs and safety of women, the work we do has a daily impact for the people who live in and visit Australia’s thriving cities. I’m looking forward to this annual gathering of our profession to discuss and tackle some of the most pressing challenges of our time.” 

Arup speakers and topics include: 

  • Orr Niv Shallev | Trust and uncertainty in Aboriginal co-design processes: Ovingham Level Crossing Removal Project 
  • Jason Hoad | Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Strategy: Enabling local government to rollout equitable future transport solutions in Perth’s southwest
  • Grace Lambeth | How does the ‘work from anywhere’ trend fundamentally alter the lifeblood of our cities?
  • Nicholas Kamols | Into the metaverse: The intersection of real, digital and virtual environments as they relate to planning
  • Gandrie Apriandito and Fahdiana Pratiwi | Enabling the shift to low-carbon transport through safety improvements for vulnerable groups
  • Anna Robinson | Designing cities that work for women
  • Jaime Traspaderne | Planetary health vs human health

The PIA is the national body representing planning and the planning profession. Through education, communication and professional development, the PIA is the pivotal organisation serving and guiding thousands of planning professionals in their role of creating better communities.