Design Excellence

Celebrating innovative and creative design
Design Excellence 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.

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.

Brent Toderian

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.

Reg Mombassa in conversation with James Valentine

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.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore

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.

Pierre Mansat

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?

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Last updated: Thursday, 2 October 2014