Thought Leadership Series

One of the key priorities for the Greater Sydney Commission, agreed between the Premier and the Chief Commissioner, is leading community engagement, dialogue and debate on key city-making issues. To support this objective, the Commission will publish a series of Thought Leadership Papers on a range of topics that builds on the detail of the Greater Sydney Region Plan and District Plans. This series will aim to provoke discussion and debate in some cases and, in others, provide practical ideas on implementation across a range of challenging issues in the near, medium and long term.

Thought Leadership Paper: City Shaping Icons of Greater Sydney

The forces that shape our city are not always immediately obvious. In the past 120 years, Greater Sydney has been shaped by world and regional wars, economic depression and recessions, drought, bushfires and flooding, the rise of social and economic inequities, crises of identity, growing pains, and many more pressures that a global city faces as it grows and develops. Not once, but many times. The past two years have delivered a ‘triple whammy’ of drought, bushfires and COVID-19 and their impacts are not yet behind us.

The City Shaping Icons of Greater Sydney paper looks at 11 projects from over the past 100 years that have emerged during wars, economic crashes, environmental challenges and societal change. Each have had a lasting city-shaping impact on Greater Sydney.

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Thought Leadership Paper: A Metropolis that Works

Great cities are more than their residential neighbourhoods. In a fast-growing, physically constrained city, competing pressures on the use of land are understandably intense. Over the past 20 years, how our city works has changed. How the city functions, and the spaces and places where Sydneysiders work, have transformed dramatically.

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