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.
Eager to showcase interesting and innovative placemaking and precinct activation initiatives, Katherine O'Regan, recaps a recent Art & About Sydney event, The Walking Neighbourhood. The initiative features bespoke tours of inner-city neighbourhoods, run by kids. The tours aim to shed a different perspective on previously decaying neighbourhoods, and remind all that people, and especially kids, are key to enlivening and activating precincts in order to make great places.
Mayor of Waverley Council, Clr Sally Betts, outlines the strategies and initiatives that Waverley Council are putting in place in order to develop their vision for Bondi Junction, and create a liveable, sustainable, and vibrant urban precinct. As Clr Betts outlines, community engagement, sustainability initiatives, and placemaking are three of the key factors in getting the revitalisation of Bondi Junction right.
The recently completed Future Cities Program Study Tour to the United States was able to give one student the opportunity of a week-long internship with New York City’s Department of City Planning, with a scholarship funded by the University of Sydney Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning.