The UQ Living Laboratory provides unique opportunities for students to partner with the water & waste industry to explore different approaches for developing the ‘Utility of the Future’ through active experimentation with the St Lucia campus’ water energy system as a part of UQ St Lucia’s proposed master plan.
Working together with Queensland Urban Utilities and CRC for Water Sensitive Cities, we proposed a vision to incorporate the teaching, learning and research of water, waste and energy management using the campus itself as a living laboratory – a state of the art, user-centred, open-innovation ecosystem. The project will make visible previously hidden infrastructure opportunities, decentralised facilities located at ‘re-use hotspots’ across the campus. In turn both the university population and visiting public will gain an understanding of these systems and how their daily actions affect them through a technologically inspired feedback loop.
The current re-framing of the Master Plan provides an opportunity to embed the Living Laboratory into the campus to influence how the campus develops over time to leverage learning opportunities for a range of university facilities.