MOD.Cast: Meet Luca

Posted 2 Mar

MOD. at UniSA

In this episode of MOD.Cast we’re getting entrepreneurial with Luca. Convinced that great-grandma’s land could be a perfect chance for development, Luca has founded Eucalara Bay. It’s a tranquil and beautiful place that could make everyone’s dreams come true. Sarah Martin takes us on a journey to better understand the future of Australian cities and what skills entrepreneurs really need.

Terry Gold is the founder and CEO of Gold Systems, a software company that has created AI software solutions, and is now the Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of South Australia. In 2050, Luca’s start up has a basis in sustainability, but is that what start ups look like in 2020?

“Entrepreneurship can be a force for good, but it can also be a force for evil with unlimited capitalism or money at any cost. But more start up founders seem to care about the world they live in and they want to do companies that to make the world they live in a better place… Let’s be hopeful that more founders starting up for the right reasons and building companies that are more sustainable.”

Terry believes that entrepreneurs are fundamentally careful individuals, determined to reduce risk to produce something meaningful, much like Luca’s dream of Eucalara Bay.

But what could Eucalara Bay actually look like? It’s probable that by 2050 cities will be bigger and busier. That means more high-density living, high quality public transport, and more green spaces for when those living in smaller housing. How are  today’s city planners working to create this future? 

Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Sandy Verschoor, says these green spaces will be essential hubs for the community, becoming our gardens, playgrounds, and places for family and friends. Ning Gu, Professor of Architecture at the University of South Australia, agrees, but warns they need to be integrated into our cities carefully and safely, so that all people can enjoy them.

Sandy expands to explain that it’s not just green spaces, but places for living that are important.

“People will want a different way to live. They really want to have ageing in place, close communities, vertical living, and all of these facilities at hand close by.”

So, what does it take to build a great city? Sandy says that these cities should be full of fantastic experiences, they should make you feel welcome, make you feel connected, and full of people that look after each other. Ning says that in order for this to happen, architecture needs to chance.

“It’s hard to predict what future architecture looks like, but we know we need to make changes to the current practices. How we design, how we construct, how we maintain. The built environment is fundamental to people and societies. It supports our every day activities and it has this tremendous power to change our behaviour.”

How could differences to your house or city change the way you live? Luca has a world of possibility open to them in the development of Eucalara Bay. What do you think they need to consider?

MOD.Cast Season 2 was developed by and stars University of South Australia journalism students Anna Day, Meika Bottrill and Madina Jaffari. It was produced by Radio Adelaide’s Podcast Works program, with special thanks to Sarah Martin and Nikki Marcel, along with Research Marketing Coordinator, Elke Kleinig.

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