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Quay Quarter Sydney. Image: 3XN

On the global stage, there’s a renaissance in sustainability under way. Embodied carbon, waste and materiality are quickly becoming top of mind.

Though not many people are aware of this yet, according to one of the speakers at our fast approaching symposium Tomorrowland19 – I, human on 31 October.

But they soon will be.

It makes sense.

Buildings and our cities are still the biggest elephants in the room. Responsible for a huge 30 to 40 per cent of carbon emissions (depending on whose data you use) buildings remain the fastest, easiest and cheapest source of emissions abatement. Nothing much has changed from when the McKinsey & Co cost abatement curve came out in 2007 – except the urgency.

Tomorrowland19 – I, human speakers and panellists

At Tomorrowland19 – I, human, at just one of our fabulous sessions, we will swing an intensifying spotlight onto buildings, waste and how one giant project Quay Quarter at Circular Quay for AMP Capital will manage to retain 70 per cent of the original fabric from an existing building and knit together a new precinct. Complex? Of course.

But complexity will be the order of the day. And how everything knits together: our ecological and environmental world, our people, our buildings, and our furiously advancing technology and cyber world.

Even our financial world is radicalising to bring us affordable housing in a form and on a scale of ambition unthinkable 10 years ago, and blending with human needs to deliver what we want.

I, human has been chosen as the theme because in all of this rapid change, over the next five years that we will focus on at Tomorrowland19, our most important overriding objective will be to retain massive concentration on our humanity. Realising that all we do has to be good for us: and if we care for Country we care for people.

Massive thanks to our fantastic sponsors: co-lead sponsors Landcom and AMP Capital, supporting sponsors Western Sydney University, Sustainable Australia Fund, Autodesk and Clayton Utz.

Without their support we’d probably be still pounding away in the office, eyes glued to the screen.

Instead we’ll be meeting a cross-section of our 60,000 unique visitors a month, some of our 15,000 subscribers (22 per cent government) and hopefully more than a few handfuls of our 17,000 social media followers. Face to face. Engagement, excitement and adrenaline amped up, in a world-class building at 1 Bligh Street, in the combined boardrooms of Clayton Utz enjoying their renowned hospitality, views of the harbour and bridge, with nothing to distract from intense concentration, provocation and the problem solving we know will set the agenda for the next five years in the sustainability of the built environment.

Now, who wouldn’t want to be part of that?

But be warned there are only a few tickets left, thanks to our determination to keep our events discussion and collaboration friendly.

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