A Tale of Three Cities: A journey of transformation

City Conversation
Wednesday 22 October 2014

Great global cities are constantly changing, and Sydney is about to experience its latest transformation. Active transport options and light rail connections will help elevate Sydney’s international standing as a desired destination to live, work and visit.

What can we learn from other global cities?

Christchurch faces extraordinary challenges. Devastated by a series of earthquakes, it has a unique opportunity to re-imagine the heart of the city.

Vancouver is internationally renowned for its great urban planning and strategies that have created a ‘complete city’, not just a liveable one.

Sydney needs to be a globally renowned active transport city as well as safe, interesting, lively and accessible. With the transformation of the city centre soon to commence, what can we learn from Vancouver’s urban planning achievements and Christchurch’s renewal blueprint?

Guest speaker 

  • Jane Saville, Olympic bronze medalist and four-time Olympic race walker

Keynote speakers

  • Don Miskell, General Manager, Design & Planning, Central Christchurch Development Unit, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA);
  • Graham Jahn AM, Director, City Planning, Development & Transport, City of Sydney; and
  • Brent Toderian, Founder and Principal, Toderian Urbanworks and former Chief Planner, Vancouver.

Panel discussion

The evening will include a discussion panel with the following members:

  • Lord Mayor Clover Moore;
  • Don Miskell;
  • Graham Jahn AM;
  • Brent Toderian; and 
  • Dr Rodney Tolley, Conference Director, Walk 21 and Honorary Research Fellow, Staffordshire University


  • Simon Marnie, Presenter, ABC Radio Weekends 

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Last updated: Thursday, 23 October 2014