Today, it has been a year since I have joined the AURIN project (www.aurin.org.au). It has been a fairly hectic time ever since. A year in and I am still excited by the vision, and pleased by the technical progress. The main contribution to the Australian urban research community, in my eyes, will be the sheer fact that AURIN has brought together pele from an enormous range of disciplines that would normally have little chance to meet behind a table. I am sure that that will bring interesting research outcomes beyond AURIN!