Printed City

How to build circularity with 3D printing, smart materials and robotics

17 June – Exhibition & Surround Sound Panel Event
24 June – Research Talk

BVN Studio, Sydney

An exhibition of brilliant ideas for building circularity

Help co-create an agenda to take brilliant ideas out of the lab and into commercial reality.

Kick off the night with networking, beverages and a wander around a fabulous exhibition featuring robotics and 3D printing.

Then take part in a Surround Sound panel event – with seven experts on stage, two soapboxes + microphones on stands, and you, the audience helping to answer our central provocation. If you think it looks like a cross between QandA and Shakespeare in the Round, you’d be right!

Meet the inventors – an on-site interactive demo of “bright green ideas” for our built environment:

  • Robotically 3D printed air diffusion system, SR2 invented by BVN and UTS. Made from recycled plastic waste, reducing embodied carbon by 90 per cent, energy saving and breathes through its “pores, much like a coral reef
  • Green ceramics from UNSW SM@RT Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology. Australian Story’s profile of Professor Sahajwalla struck a huge chord in the industry and community alike. Mirvac has these products in one of their apartments and they’re beautiful.
  • Robotics in action, showing how this technology works for smart manufacturing with both live and augmented reality displays


  • Ninotschka Titchkosky, Co-CEO, BVN
  • Associate Professor Dr Tim Schork, School of Architecture, UTS
  • Lisa McLean, CEO, NSW Circular
  • Professor Veena Sahajwalla, Director, SM@RT: Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology, UNSW
  • James Tayler, Head of ESG, Ellerston Capital
  • Toby Long, General Manager, Residential NSW, Mirvac
  • Jeheon Son, Head of Development NSW, Lendlease


  • Caroline Noller, CEO, The Footprint Company
  • Robyn Tolhurst, Public Affairs Manager, Australian Investment Council
  • Jeremy Gill, Senior Associate and Partner, SGS Economics and Planning

Moderator: Maria Atkinson AM, Director, Maria Atkinson Consultancy




CO-CEO, Strategic Champion Digital Innovation and Robotic

interested in future scenarios and possibilities that can emerge through a project. She is passionate about the role architects play in shaping our interactions, communities and cities and continually seeks to effect change through projects. Ninotschka is interested in the changing nature of architectural practice and the potential for new ways of engaging in the design and construction process. She is passionate about the possibilities that new technologies offer, enabling us to design and build smarter, more creatively with outcomes that are better for the planet. She is leading BVN’s research into robotics and digital fabrication, including large scale 3D printing and circular economy principles. Her most recent projects are the new Atlassian Headquarters, set to be the world’s tallest hybrid timber tower. Her work has been recognised through numerous awards nationally and internationally including a RIBA International Award and a World Architecture Award commendation. She is currently a Commissioner on the Commission for the Future of Sydney CBD, which examines the changing nature of Sydney in a post COVID-19 world.

Neil Logan


Neil has over 15 years of experience in delivering complex healthcare projects nationally and internationally. With experience in a variety of sectors and building types, including science, education, health campus masterplanning and commercial projects, Neil brings value to the process of design through his expertise in design management and his experience in the delivery of large and technically complex projects, particularly procurement in a PPP or Managing Contractor environment. Neil is able to lead, elicit and combine the contributions of a multi-disciplinary design team which is essential to meet specific project goals. His most recent projects include the successful PPP bid for the Northern Beaches Hospital, a major acute private and public hospital, and the $1B Royal North Shore Hospital Redevelopment in Sydney, delivered via PPP procurement. Each of these major projects encompasses the masterplanning of the existing healthcare campus, resulting in flexible infrastructures which allow the development of major acute facilities.

Maria Atkinson

Maria Atkinson AM

Sustainability Strategist, Director, Advisor, Scientist, Mentor & Impact Investor

Maria is a director, activist, entrepreneur, impact investor, consultant to name a few of her roles. Maria is internationally recognised for her work in sustainability and for her work on catalysing change on the big issues that matter in society. Maria advises clients to help them articulate and then deliver sustainability outcomes for a project or their organisation. She has over 15 years of experience on not-for-profit, international institutions and government boards and committees. She is a global operator with a deep understanding of social and environmental markets and trends. Maria is a Director of the ASX listed recycling company Bingo Industries, the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction in Switzerland, a member of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative Property Working Group Advisory Council and a member of the NSW Government Climate Change. In 2012, she was awarded a Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia for service to the construction and real estate sector, particularly as a leader and contributor to environmentally sustainable building development in Australia.

Toby Long

General Manager, Residential NSW, Mirvac

Toby is the General Manager, Residential NSW, and has been with Mirvac for over 20 years. He has specific experience in the delivery of large scale multi-staged residential and mixed-use developments. Toby has been involved in the development and administering of contracts generally with State Partners which has led to the successful delivery of high quality state significant projects.

Toby has worked in the development of not only residential projects, but also delivered retail/commercial/community projects in both NSW and Victoria. He has managed teams in excess of 70 development personnel who deliver the outstanding legacy that Mirvac’s brand is synonymous with.

Toby currently represents Mirvac on the Property Council of Australia NSW Residential Committee. He is a past Honorary Secretary of Urban Development Institute of Australia NSW and also served on the UDIA NSW Urban Renewal and Infrastructure Committees.

Lisa Mclean NSW Circular

Lisa McLean

CEO, NSW Circular

Lisa is a circular economy and zero-carbon business transformation leader. She has been successfully advising industry and governments in developing new policy frameworks and regulations that bring about market change to enable the circular zero-carbon economy over the past 14 years.

This work has covered the energy, water, waste and mobility sectors in the UK and Australia.

Lisa established and led the Open Cities Alliance, a peak industry association with unique membership from government to private sector and research organisations. Open Cities advocates for the circular economy, prosumer rights and new local utility and mobility precinct approaches.

In Australia, Lisa initiated and established the Australian Solar Thermal Association (AUSTELA), advised electric mobility providers, and worked with Flow Systems from a start-up sustainable water utility to its major role in shaping a new sustainable water and now multi-utility market.

Starting her career as a political journalist working in the national press gallery, Lisa moved to advising ministers and premiers on education and climate policy, before heading to the UK to help establish the Clinton Climate Initiative.

Laureate Professor Veena Sahajwalla

Director of Centre for Sustainable Materials Research & Technology, University of New South Wales

Professor Veena Sahajwalla is an internationally recognised materials scientist, engineer, and inventor revolutionising recycling science. She is renowned for pioneering the high temperature transformation of waste in the production of a new generation of ‘green materials.’ In 2018, Veena launched the world’s first e-waste micro factory and in 2019 she launched her plastics micro factory, a recycling technology breakthrough. She is producing a new generation of green materials and products made entirely, or primarily, from waste. Veena also heads the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for ‘green manufacturing’, a leading national research centre that works in collaboration with industry to ensure new recycling science is translated into real world environmental and economic benefits. In 2019 she was appointed inaugural Director of the Circular Economy Innovation Network by the NSW Government through its Office of Chief Scientist and Engineer.

TIM Schork

Dr Tim Schork

Associate Professor, School of Architecture within the Faculty of Design, University of Technology Sydney

Dr Tim Schork is an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture within the Faculty of Design, Architecture & Building (DAB) at the University of Technology Sydney, where he co-founded and co-leads the Transformative Technologies Lab. Tim is passionate about design, technology and the environment and his research aims to establish a nuanced and informed understanding of the environmental impact of the built environment, the transformative power of technology, the importance of low-carbon materials and their real-world impact. His ground-breaking research in the areas of computational design, low-embodied carbon materials and additive manufacturing fundamentally rethinks and radically transforms current practices and develops new approaches to design, materials and construction processes in order to build a decarbonised building culture.

Jeheon Son Lendlease

Jeheon Son

Head of Development NSW & Head of Integrated Transport Development, Lendlease

In his capacity as Head of Development NSW, Jeheon is responsible for leading Lendlease’s Development business in NSW including all Lendlease’s major urban regeneration, commercial, residential and master planned communities’ developments.
In his capacity as the Head of Integrated Transport Development, Jeheon is responsible developing Lendlease’s strategy to leverage off public infrastructure investment to create integrated development and place outcomes. This role allows Lendlease to unlock value to create the best places, while also creating opportunities to enrich communities and ensure sustainable results.
Jeheon has over 20 years of experience originating, converting and delivering large-scale urban regeneration projects both locally and internationally.
He has a unique breadth of capabilities spanning development origination, conversion and delivery, investment management, capital transactions, as well as leading project management and construction delivery teams.
He also has deep experience working with local and global capital partners to achieve aligned outcomes.
Jeheon has held senior management positions at Lendlease in both Australia and the UK, Mirvac Group and Laing O’Rourke (UK). He has worked on multiple high-profile international city shaping urban regeneration developments including The Athletes Village (London, UK), Liverpool One (Liverpool, UK), The Scottish Parliament (Edinburgh, UK) and Jacksons Landing (Sydney, Australia).
He is currently responsible for some of Australia’s largest urban regeneration developments including Barangaroo, Sydney Place Circular Quay and Victoria Cross Integrated Station Development.

James Tayler Ellerston Capital

James Tayler

Head of ESG, Ellerston Capital

James Tayler joined Ellerston Capital in July 2019 on the acquisition of Morphic Asset Management, bringing over a decade of ESG experience. Previously an equities Portfolio Manager, James’s 25 year career in investment management has encompassed investing and working globally, managing proprietary, institutional and retail funds, latterly with ethical and responsible mandates. Previous roles have specifically required deep analytical research and company engagement, with activist strategies being employed where necessary. James holds a B.A. (Honours) in Industrial Economics from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom.


Caroline Noller

Dr Caroline Noller

Founder & CEO, The Footprint Company

Caroline is recognised internationally for her contribution to the development of property whole of life cycle carbon assessment, green building standards and sustainable design.

She founded The Footprint Company with the vision of delivering low carbon design leadership globally and has driven world class sustainability outcomes for real estate companies including Lend Lease, The GPT Group, Frasers Property Australia and CapitaLand.

Robyn Tolhurst

Robyn Tolhurst

Public Affairs Manager, Australian Investment Council

Robyn is a senior communication and corporate affairs professional with experience in financial and professional services. She is experienced in liaising with government, media and industry stakeholders to achieve targeted communication and policy outcomes and has built profiles for senior executives and organisations such as the Financial Services Council, Ernst & Young and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Robyn is Public Affairs Manager for the Australian Investment Council.

The Project: How to commercialise Australia’s innovation and ingenuity

Australia’s innovation is endless.

We’ve got new materials, services and technologies.

One example is the newly launched invention from BVN and UTS, a robotically 3D printed air diffusion system that radically lowers embodied carbon – by 90 per cent and designed for retrofit into existing buildings.

Another is Professor Veena Sahajwalla’s green ceramic tiles, made from recycled materials and glass.

And then, there is remarkable innovation in robotics, building services and off-site construction.

Green Capital Markets –  there is a rapidly growing appetite for scalable, investment grade innovations that deliver environmentally sustainable solutions.

The number #1 identified asset class for Green Capital is buildings (Sean Kidney, Green Bonds Initiative, March 2021).

The environment: economic, political, & global – people & businesses are turning their full attention to rapid decarbonisation and a circular economy.

Australian governments: federal, state and local, are becoming increasingly aware of material threats (trade, carbon border taxes, and security linked to global climate disruptions). However, they also recognise the major economic opportunities inherent in new ‘smart’ manufacturing, which tackles climate and sustainability, providing new jobs and economic prosperity.

Australia’s global advantage. We’re seen as a safe haven, with ”capital pouring in, especially to Sydney” (AECOM March 2021).

The world is now a truly global marketplace – embracing capital markets, science and technology, skills and innovation.

The opportunity

By linking together innovative ideas with commercial opportunities we create an eco-system where “Brand Australia” wins.

We all win.

Some ideas

  • Let’s understand what we’re dealing with and the potential
  • How could this build a reputation for the innovators and recognise Australian ingenuity as a whole?
  • How do we commercialise these brilliant ideas and turn them into viable businesses?
  • How can we build an eco-system of relationships that strengthen the individual elements and establish critical mass?
  • What do the venture capitalists want and need, in order to have confidence to invest?
  • How can government help?

Some provocations

  • We’ve got 9.5 (good) years to get to net zero – but is this enough time to retrofit our cities?
  • Waste is just garbage – or can it be made into new products that are part of the circular economy?
  • Australia has brilliant inventors and innovators, but with disengaged commercial funders
  • Our policy makers are not attuned to the market
  • Global capital markets have a ravenous appetite for green investments. However, in Australia we are lagging behind
  • Governments keep making exciting announcements about our ‘smart new economy’, but where is the strategy behind this? Where are the policies?

Exhibition & Surround Sound Tickets

Research Talk

SR2: Robotic 3D printing

6:00 pm | 24 June | BVN Studio

The team behind the idea shares the research

The construction industry contributes around 40% of global carbon emissions. As a society we are facing significant challenges and can’t afford to continue building in the same way we do now. There is a real need and urgency to rethink our current practices and to develop new approaches to design, materials and construction.

SR2 confronts these challenges head on. It is a new 3D printed air diffusion system designed to significantly reduce the embodied carbon impact required to supply air to contemporary workplace in existing buildings, while creating new opportunities for comfort and expression.

The system is the result of a joint research collaboration between BVN and UTS’ Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building.

Designed with advanced technology and made using additive manufacturing (3D printing) and recycled plastic PETG waste,
it creates an aerodynamic plug and play system which branches and breathes freely like a natural organism

The team discuss their approach to

Sustainability, new materials, and the circular economy

The need to reinvent existing services systems; to support the retention of existing buildings and enable 21st century ways of occupying space

Research Talk Tickets


BVN Studio
Level 11, 255 Pitt Street, Sydney