Tuba Kocaturk – Designing the smart cities of the future

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Tuba Kocaturk is at the forefront of bringing technology and architecture together in the smart cities of the future.

Use both films linked below with students to raise awareness of skills and understanding required in architecture careers in the future. These videos are most suited to the science as a human endeavour outcomes for Years 7 plus.

Video Length: 6:47 mins and 4:59 mins

With the buzz around Smart Cities, Tuba Kocaturk’s MInD Lab at Deakin University investigates the ways that technologies can actually be used to make smart cities work.

Living the philosophy of “real world problems do not know disciplines”, Tuba begins by defining the real problems faced by the world, and bringing together the multiple disciplines required to achieve a solution. This could include bringing together digital tools and 3D visualisation and architecture, and other disciplines needed to reach an answer that is realistically achievable.

Find out what drives this architect of the future, and how she got to be a leader in her field.

Technology is transforming our lives, and will revolutionise our cities. This is how.

Imagine a city that can respond to its human inhabitants – helping our comfort, performance, and wellbeing. That is the aim of a smart city – but bringing together that technology is a challenge. Tuba Kocaturk and her team are working to achieve exactly that, developing the ways people, technology and materials will interact in the built environments of the future.

To her, it’s all about creating new experiences at that point where they all meet.

However, it’s not just an architectural process. “We’re all creating our environment with the ways we act and behave and move and interact with the built environment,” she says.

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Years: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


Biological Sciences – Ecosystems, The Body

Earth and Space Sciences – The Changing Earth

Physical Sciences – Energy

Additional: Careers, Maths, Technology, Engineering.

General Capabilities:



Information and Communication Technology Capability

Critical and Creative Thinking

Personal and Social Capability