Green Square is an $8 billion urban renewal in the heart of Australia’s biggest city, halfway between the CBD of the global city and Australia’s busiest airport. But the State Government must urgently provide more public transport.

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The NSW Government is currently exhibiting two proposals to improve congestion in the city centre, and now you can have a say on the design of these projects.

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Should Cities Rule the World? This was the subject of my address to the National Press Club in Canberra this week.

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There’s been much discussion in the media this week about the future development of our CBD, including Urban Taskforce CEO Chris Johnson’s fascination with tall buildings.

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On Tuesday night I was joined at Sydney Town Hall by Nobel-prize winning economist Professor Joseph Stiglitz to talk about the price of inequality.

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This week the fantastic program for Art & About Sydney 2014 was unveiled . With a focus on the theme ‘endangered’, Art & About Sydney will bring together an extraordinary line-up of international and Australian artists

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Prince Alfred Park and Pool was awarded the state’s oldest and most prestigious public architecture prize, the Sir John Sulman Medal at the Australian Institute of Architect’s NSW Architecture Awards.

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Yesterday the City signed an Environmental Upgrade Agreement (EUA) to help fund an energy efficiency upgrade for the Anglican Church’s St James Hall building on Phillip Street.

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(12.30pm, Wednesday 16 July 2014, National Press Club, Canberra)


Should Cities Rule the World?

Thank you.  Hello, everyone. I’d like firstly to acknowledge the traditional owners, and pay my respects to their Elders.

INTRODUCTION

Thank you for inviting me to give the 47th Walter Burley Griffin Memorial Lecture, in honour of Walter Burley Griffin’s significant contribution to urban planning and architecture in Australia.

I also acknowledge his wife and creative partner Marion Lucy Mahony. They were both passionate about cities – not just their design, but how they functioned. I am sure they would be excited about the critical role of cities in the 21st century! Read more

Our city is dotted with amazing historical and artistic highlights many of us walk past every day without knowing their significance. The City of Sydney’s new Sydney Culture Walks app provides 10 virtual walking tours of the streets of Sydney – six guided walks highlighting historical landmarks and four showcasing public artworks.

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After their misleading opinion piece today the Shooters and Fishers have revealed why they want to manipulate city democracy – they think it will help them get another Shooter elected into the NSW Upper House to pursue more rights for gun owners. Read more

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