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.
The Future Cities Collaborative is pleased to announce that is will welcome international visual lighting expert to Sydney in May. Leni Schwendinger is an associate principal at Arup in New York City, and is the lead of their urban lighting design network with the goal of redefining the role of night-time lighting for urban spaces.
The Future Cities Collaborative is pleased to announce that the first invited specialist for 2015 will be preeminent affordable housing expert, Dr David Rosen. Dr Rosen will share his insights regarding the provision of affordable housing and local financing mechanisms with members of the Future Cities Collaborative during his time in Sydney.
Government News spoke to Professor Edward Blakely and participants from the Future Cities Program to learn what the benefits of the Program to councils in NSW are, and learn how the Programs helps to education, mentor and inspire councils in their attempt to make great future cities for our state.