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RP2018: Retrofitting Urban Precincts to Create Low Carbon Communities

Project leader name: 
Roger Swinbourne
Project status: 
Project period: 
03/2015 to 03/2016

This research seeks to identify the opportunities and blockages to the retrofitting of low carbon precincts through a living laboratory approach (using Broadway precinct in Sydney). It will then identify widely applicable typologies that may enable such a transition to be applied to any precinct.

Outputs of the project will include an urban transition manual and toolkit which will assist future transition teams to create successful low carbon infrastructure. The research will be include distinct phases:

  • Phase one will be focus on setting the context and baselines for the research and the transition of the precinct into a Living Laboratory.
  • Subsequent phases will be focus on option and scenario development and documentation of transition pathways.

Publications related to this project

News Article

HotHouse lived up to its name on 12 August at Sydney’s Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences (formerly the Powerhouse Museum) – as a means of cultivating and fast-tracking ideas – by bringing together a diverse group of people to consider how to create sustainable neighbourhoods...

Fact sheet

• Existing precincts have embedded systems, behaviours and technologies which are often very fragmented and inefficient.
• For our cities to successfully transition to a low carbon future, we need to address these challenges to identify a pathway to low carbon living....

CRCLCL Project Reports

The Empowering Broadway research project’s purpose is to enable low carbon energy and water transitions for existing urban communities in Australia’s growing cities. If we are going to enable a low carbon future it will be critical that we learn how to transition existing urban systems ageing...

CRCLCL Project Posters

Research Snapshot A3 size poster from Participants Annual Forum 2014