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 Collaboratie 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.
Representatives from the City of Canada Bay, Gosford City Council, Hornsby Shire Council, Marrickville Council, Pittwater Council and Wollongong City Council participated in the second phase of the 2014 Future Cities Program in San Francisco, New York, Connecticut and New Jersey this month.
The second phase of the 2014 Future Cities Program concluded on Saturday at The Arsenal in New York City’s iconic Central Park.
On Friday night Arup, an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists, generously hosted a panel discussion and drinks reception to mark the formal conclusion of the second phase of the Future Cities Program.