Cities, transport and housing

The need to build cities that “work”—inclusive, healthy, resilient, and sustainable—is driving a rethink of the way we live.

By 2050, the urban population will more than double its current size.

Globally, nearly 7 in 10 people will live in cities. New thinking is needed to ensure culture, connection, transport, and housing works for all of us, and doesn’t exclude our most vulnerable. We work with local governments, policymakers and innovators to put the voice of diverse citizens at the centre of innovation and decision-making.

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Places to work and live

The Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council estimates that Australia will double its residential building stock over the next 30 years.

As standards continue to improve and change as part of a green building revolution, buildings need to be informed by the people who will spend their lives in them, with wellbeing, sustainability and social connection at the forefront.

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Better ways to move

Transport is Australia’s second largest source of greenhouse gases, and traffic congestion costs our economy $16 billion each year.1

Many of the solutions to this challenge have been identified,2 but work is needed to help drive changes in policy and behaviour to encourage more sustainable approaches to transport.

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Connected communities

Even pre-pandemic, increasing numbers of people were experiencing loneliness and social isolation. It’s a widespread issue with direct impacts on people’s mental and physical health,3 and over the last two years has been found to disproportionately affect young people.4

We need to reimagine our cities as places of culture and connection, where diverse communities of people and businesses can flourish and connect.

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Selected Work

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Tackling the absurdity of buying a home with Assemble

Products and services

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Behavioural design to encourage the purchase of zero-emission homes

Behavioural design

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Exploring the future of Melbourne's Bike Share scheme

Service design

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Creating a sales strategy for a new housing model

Service design

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Helping excluded young learners find a driving supervisor

Products and services

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Helping Victorians understand their home’s solar potential

Websites and apps

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A design toolkit for better urban accessibility

Service design

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Designing the strategy for a zero carbon future

Impact strategy

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A community-created brand for an open access centre

Brand and design systems

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