INSPIRING FUTURE CITY LEADERS
The Future Cities Collaborative brings together policy, practice and research to inform our city leaders into inspired action to build great cities. The Collaborative is an initiative of the United States Studies Centre, with its primary role to promote sustainable urban development by supporting city leaders with leadership and strategic management tools, creating a forum in which mayors can share ideas and information, and being a site for capacity building and development of skills and knowledge in building sustainable cities.
The cornerstone of the Future Cities Collaborative is the Future Cities Program, which focuses on supporting both regional and metroplitan city leaders in New South Wales, by providing them with the knowledge, skills and resources to build sustainable and liveable communities.
The Future Cities Program realises that informed and visionary leadership is needed to decide how, when, and where new approaches and technologies can be used to make a real difference in improving not only the livability but also the sustainability and productivity of our cities. Strategic planning and sustainable urban development are being brought to the fore the world over and the Future Cities Program, in collaboration with the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, is supporting our leaders by using evidence-based solution modeling, first-hand examples and education, and collaborative approaches to shared problems to make meaningful differences to Australian cities.
Our latest newsletter is here! The last months of 2015 have been extremely busy for the Future Cities Collabortive; we had two global experts in smart cities visit Sydney for a range of events; our good friends from Project for Public Spaces were here again; and we released our housing affordability communique. We are also announcing our programs and events for the first half of 2016, including a focus on resiliency, innovation, and placemaking.
The Future Cities Collaborative is pleased to be working with Smart Cities all over the world. We hope that we can provoke thinking, discussions, and actions to create more Smart Cities right here in New South Wales. To lauch this new focus area of the Future Cities Collaborative, two international experts in this field joined us in Sydney in November.
Bankstown is the hidden jewel of Sydney, according to Professor Edward Blakely from urban planning thinktank Future Cities Collaborative. James Beech, of the Canterbury-Bankstown Express, spoke with our Founder and Chair, Professor Ed Blakely, about his thoughts on Bankstown and what the future may have in store for the South-Western Sydney suburb ahead of the Future Cities Collaborative Strategic Planning Workshop with the Bankstown Councillors.