For far too long, our view has been that the heart and soul of our city is the centre, but this needs to extend much further if our cities are to be sustainable.
“For far too long, our view has been that the heart and soul of our city is the centre, but this needs to extend much further if our cities are to be sustainable – and we need to plan for this now.”
Hutley says we need investment in the second CBDs, such as Parramatta, and for a mind-shift to occur. “We have to stop thinking ‘we are here and they are out there’,” Hutley adds.
Decisions such as moving the Powerhouse museum to Parramatta is a sensible one, she argues, as it “send the right signals to the market that governments are spreading investment right across the city. This way we won’t end up with pockets of privilege.
“The property industry needs to be thinking about all these trends, and looking at their design through the lens of social, economic and environmental sustainability.
“Of course, all this is very easy to talk about, but a lot harder to do,” she concludes.
The Property Congress will be held at Hamilton Island from 20-22 October 2016. Nicki Hutley will be exploring the future of our cities with a panel including Agneta Persson, Global Director Future Cities – WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff Sweden, Lara Poloni, Chief Executive Australia and New Zealand, AECOM, Graham Bradley AM, Chairman Stockland and Chairman, Infrastructure NSW, Prof Greg Clark CBE, Global Advisor and Chairman, The Business of Cities and Moderated by Holly Ransom, CEO, Emergent Solutions. Book your tickets today.
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