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 city leaders who have participated in the Future Cities Program have seen what is possible in terms of delivering affordable housing using innovative financing and policy instruments, and are committed to seeing change within their own communities. The Future Cities Collaborative is supporting our city leaders by illustrating innovative approaches to delivering affordable housing and from this work will draw ideas to inform the framework for the the delivery of affordable housing in Sydney and New South Wales. The resulting Communique on Housing Affordability will be published at the end of August 2015.
The City of Canada Bay is taking learnings from cities in the United States in a bid to help ease the supply of affordable housing in its community. The Future Cities Collaborative spoke with councillors from Canada Bay on this hot-button issue to find out what they've learnt from participating in the Future Cities Program and what can be done to address the housing affordability crisis in Sydney.
Last month, the Future Cities Collaborative and United States Studies Centre welcomed city leaders and senior staff from Newcastle and Penrith City Councils to the University of Sydney for the third annual Future Cities Program Mayors’ Forum. The forum, bringing together leading urban design and local development experts from the United States and Australia, was focused on creating sustainable solutions to specific civic challenges in both cities, and marks an expansion of the Future Cities Collaborative to 14 cities.