Imagine 2060: Exploring the future of Sydney Harbour

In the first of three years in the Imagine series, the theme of “At the water’s edge” continues in Sydney. Asia Society and AECOM held a discussion with eminent planning and innovation experts on 22 June on the future of Sydney Harbour and its contribution to the economic and cultural vibrancy of the city. The […]

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Accelerating cities in Australia, New Zealand

I recently visited Auckland, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Sydney recently, speaking in various venues about globalization, emerging technology, and their impacts on cities, including a presentation at the Adelaide ‘Open State’ festival. From traditional North American/European perspectives, both Australia and New Zealand are the ‘end of the line’. Auckland is 12 hours ahead of London – […]

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Subterranean Sydney: what lies beneath

When you think about the underground, does your mind immediately conjure up somewhere dark, damp and claustrophobic, with a faintly unpleasant aroma? Do you think of neon-lit parking garages, musty wine cellars and disused bomb shelters? Or, being more technically minded, are you more focused on utilities, rail corridors, or the geotechnical composition of the […]

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Turning a city into a campus for innovation

What do Google, Apple and Facebook have in common, apart from being three of the world’s biggest and most valuable companies? They’ve all created campuses for their employees. The idea is quite simple: create an environment where employees are encouraged to flourish (and hang around beyond the typical ‘nine to five’), and keep them engaged, […]

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Sydney embarks on the 100 Resilient Cities journey

On June 26, 150 participants gathered at Sydney’s Customs House at Circular Quay, in an atmosphere of excitement and enthusiasm to be part of the launch of the city’s journey towards resilience as one of the world’s 100 Resilient Cities as part of the Rockefeller Foundation’s program. The Agenda-Setting Workshop, as it’s known, marked the […]

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Financing urban infrastructure in the US and Australia

As an American having lived Down Under for 12 years, I always like coming back to the US; my ‘spiritual home’ is – like Australia – changing so much (and fast), and each return visit uncovers another layer of development, innovation and progress that leaves me amazed, intrigued but, above all, confident in the successful […]

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Aerotropolis Sydney?

In an increasing urbanising and globalising age, Sydney’s aviation connectivity is key to maintaining the city’s global identity and regional economy, particularly with the rise of the regional economies of Asia and the Middle East. With its two runways, Sydney airport still has capacity, but at some point in the future it will become constrained. Like […]

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What does it take to be a leading city?

Reposted from CDP’s blog. Congratulations to Cascais, Cleveland, Edmonton, Goiania, Johannesburg, Las Vegas, Paris, Sydney, Venice, and Yokohama! Out of over 200 cities that took part in CDP’s cities program in 2014, these ten score the best for the quality and completeness of their environmental risk reporting.  To highlight their achievement, CDP has created in-depth […]

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People power for a connected Sydney

In her 1961 book, The Death and Life Of Great American Cities, writer and activist Jane Jacobs wrote, “Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” While Jacobs’ book was primarily a critique of 1950s American planning policy, her quote above remains relevant over […]

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Iconic buildings: overcoming the risk

The design and construction of iconic buildings is fundamental to shaping our cities and how they’re in turn perceived by residents and visitors. Globally we have seen iconic buildings act as a catalyst for economic growth and urban renewal, and often they become synonymous with the city in which they’re located. Examples include the Burj […]

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