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.

LATEST NEWS

FUTURE CITIES PROGRAM: COMES TO AN END FOR 2014
18 November 2014

Mayors from six innovative and dedicated cities around New South Wales came together last week to celebrate the final stage of the Future Cities Program for 2014. The Final Luncheon allowed each Mayor to deliver their insightful and inspiring blueprints for their future communities to an audience of local and state government representatives, peak industry bodies, and community representatives.

PLANNING FOR PEOPLE FIRST: INSIGHTS FROM A DIRECTOR OF PLANNING
18 November 2014

Cities can and should be planned for people first. That was the message that Director of Planning and Environment at City of Canada Bay Council, Tony McNamara, took from the 2014 Future Cities Program. In this article, he outlines his lessons from the Program, and what it means for a Director of Planning in Sydney, and NSW broadly, in trying to create great future cities.   

IN THE NEWS: PITTWATER COUNCIL
18 November 2014

A radical new idea, know colloquially as 'Hipster Housing Estates' could be the key to avoiding suburban decline, and Pittwater Council is thinking seriously about this idea as a way of keeping young people on the peninsula. Floating the idea of an old folk’s home for young people among others, both the Manly Daily and Ten Eyewitness News examine the work of Pittwater Council during the Future Cities Program and their ideas to enliven their neighbourhoods. 

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FUTURE CITIES PROGRAM 2014

Missed out on the Future Cities Program for 2014? Read how six NSW cities are revitalising their communities and learning international best-practice in our Study Tour overview and event recap.

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