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What’s next for Central Sydney?

Release Date: 29/02/2016
Global planning leaders will join Australian experts in discussing the future plans for Midtown Sydney at an innovative and thought provoking summit to be held at UTS.
The event, presented by the Sydney Business Chamber and Committee for Sydney in partnership with Lendlease and UTS, will see attendees gain an insight into how cities like New York and London have regenerated their inner city precincts, along with plans from the NSW Government to ensure the development opportunities of the area are capitalised.
“If Sydney is to achieve its aspiration to be a global city, we must look beyond current projects and consider what’s next,” Executive Director of the Sydney Business Chamber Patricia Forsythe said.
“The concentration of knowledge workers in the CBD is putting office vacancy rates under pressure, and with limited opportunity for expansion, we must think innovatively about the growth of our CBD.
“The planning and procurement strategy for Sydney Midtown will be pivotal to realising the full value of the Central Station precinct. Getting this right will require a whole of government approach, and a shared vision involving the private sector and community.
“Sydney is dramatically expanding its ability to compete on the international stage.” Said Tim Williams, CEO of the Committee for Sydney. “From Barangaroo to Parramatta, from the Bays Precinct to Badgerys Creek, Sydney is making smart decisions that will have long term benefits for the Australian economy.”
“Getting Sydney’s midtown right is key to this puzzle. As the gateway to the CBD, with world-class public transport connectivity and the potential for dense, vibrant communities around it, the Central Station precinct will unlock the next phase in our growth.
Two international urban experts will also share their insights at the Forum – James von Klemperer, President and Design Principal at Kohn Pederson Fox (KPF) and Professor Peter Rees, CBE, Places & City Planning, University College London, and former City Planning Officer for the City of London.
Professor Rees said, "As a Professor of Places I am privileged to visit and compare great cities.  As a romantic urbanist many of them bring tears to my eyes - mostly when I arrive, but occasionally when I depart.  When I have to say "see ya mate" to Sydney my eyes fill up, because it hurts to leave.  
“This city has more to teach others about urban civilisation than to learn from them. Global status comes from being confident in your local strengths, not from importing development "solutions" from elsewhere."
KPF is designing a new city neighbourhood at Hudson Yards, Manhattan, the largest private real estate development in the history of the United States and the largest development in New York City since Rockefeller Center.
Mr von Klemperer said, “Hudson Yards, on Manhattan’s west side, is a very good example of what can be achieved when the public’s interests, political incentives, and private investment align to create a tipping point for urban regeneration. 
“The conflation of new infrastructure, a world-class park and commercial development is creating a unique lifestyle district above a previously barren railyard.”

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