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The Future of the Bays Precinct with Professor Stephen Cairns on 'open-city' Design

  • Lower Town Hall, Sydney Town Hall 483 George St (entry via Druitt Street) Sydney, NSW, 2000 Australia (map)


The final Festival of Urbanism event at the Sydney Town Hall attracted an enthusiastic crowd keen to hear more about the future of the Bays Precinct.

The Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, spoke of her fears and her hopes for the Bays Precinct. 

Stephen Cairns reflected on the principles of the 'open city' and how these might apply to urban renewal projects similar to the Bay's Precinct using Hamburg's HafenCity as a case in point. 

Rod Simpson called for a recognition of the importance of governance arrangements. He argued that how you design the governance will fundamentally affect how you design 'the deal';and how you design and structure the deal 'designs the DNA of the project'.

Jane Marceau introduced the audience to a set of principles developed by community groups over several years of consultation exercises with the City Council and the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, which will now form the basis of conversation with UrbanGrowth. 

Finally, Lucy Cole-Edelstein recommended that there be "no shrinking away from engagement", and gave a comprehensive overview of what effective engagement looks like.

Moderated by Siobhan Toohill, Westpac's Head of Group Sustainability and Community.

Read the full report from the event here

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