CityTalks Design

Brings professionals, leading international and local experts together to discuss and showcase design, built form and urban planning in Sydney. Topics aim to inspire bold thinking and vision, covering local and international legacy projects, and the challenges facing design excellence in Sydney.

Celebrating innovative and creative design
Greening Global Cities: Planning parks with the wellbeing of people first

Greening Global Cities: Planning parks with the wellbeing of people first

18 May 2016

Mitchell J Silver, NYC Parks Commissioner, discusses how planning for parks, open and recreational space is critical to ensure that we continue to have a sustainable and healthy city.

Liveable Cities: Australia’s Light Rail Future

Liveable Cities: Australia’s Light Rail Future

5 November 2015

Light rail is an integral part of the nation’s future. This discussion features noted Parisian architect Thomas Richez, who shares his insights from designing light rail internationally.

Learning from Global Cities: Light rail as a catalyst for city transformation

Learning from Global Cities: Light rail as a catalyst for city transformation

17 August 2015

To ensure the best possible urban design outcome for the transformation of George Street, the City of Sydney hosted world-renowned Parisian architect, Thomas Richez, to draw on this vast experience designing light rail in Europe and around the world.

Cultural Precinct Planning

Cultural Precinct Planning

2 September 2014

Cultural precincts are central to a city’s reputation, driving creativity, innovation and economic growth. Arts and culture thought leader Adrian Ellis talks about his experiences developing cultural precincts around the world.

Density + Design: Creating value for global cities

Density + Design: Creating value for global cities

25 March 2014

Hear a discussion about bringing innovation and creativity to urban planning. Speakers include Lord Mayor Clover Moore, Graham Jahn, Director City Planning, Development and Transport, Brent Toderian, internationally renowned planner and founder of Toderian Urbanworks, Michael Barlow, Director of Urbis and Principal Author of the report ‘Unlocking Smart Growth in Australia’s Capital Cities’, Elizabeth Farrelly, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Urbanism, UNSW, Peter Verwer, Chief Executive of Property Council of Australia and Elizabeth Elenius, community representative and Convenor, Pyrmont Action Inc.

The 'M' Word: Music, Mentals, Mambo, Mombassa

The 'M' Word: Music, Mentals, Mambo, Mombassa

10 October 2013

Lord Mayor Clover Moore introduces a conversation with the wonderful and irreverent Reg Mombassa, our creative ambassador for Sydney New Year’s Eve 2013, as part of the City’s Design Excellence Series.

Create, explore, connect: A new library and plaza for Sydney

Create, explore, connect: A new library and plaza for Sydney

4 March 2013

See the 5 shortlisted schemes, meet the winning architects and hear from the jury on what inspired their choice.

Reinventing Paris – what can Sydney learn from their planning revolution?

Reinventing Paris – what can Sydney learn from their planning revolution?

25 October 2012

What can Sydney learn from Paris' efforts to streamline governance in Paris? And how could partnerships between the City of Sydney and other governments make our bold vision for Sydney a reality?

Design Excellence: Amanda Burden

Design Excellence: Amanda Burden

22 March 2011

New York’s Planning Commissioner on revitalising the Big Apple’s public spaces.

Last updated: Wednesday, 18 May 2016