More than one hundred of the world’s leading thinkers in the area of urban planning will be in Sydney next week to discuss the challenges of creating sustainable global cities.

The International Urban Planning and Environment Association's 10th Symposium (UPE10), Next City: Planning for a New Energy and Climate Future is co-hosted by the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning and the United States Studies Centre.

“This event comes at a time when NSW is considering transforming its own planning system, with the release of a green paper last week, so we are looking forward to hearing from some of the world’s leading thinkers on urban governance, planning and design,” said Nicole Gurran, Symposium Co-chair and Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Sydney.

“UPE10 will be an exciting opportunity to discuss the global challenges that face people everywhere in adapting to climate change and shifting energy, food and transportation demands.”

Keynote international speakers at the symposium include:

  • Armando Carbonell, Chairman of the Department of Planning and Urban Form at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Boston – expert in city and regional planning.
  • Elisabeth M. Hamin, Associate Professor of Regional Planning, University of Massachusetts, Amherst – expert on climate change adaptation, mitigation and planning.
  • Professor Donald H Miller, Chair, International Urban Planning and Environment Association, University of Washington – expert on growth management, human-powered transport and planning for bicycles.
  • Tom Murphy, Senior Resident Fellow, Urban Land Institute in Washington – the former Mayor of Pittsburgh, responsible for transforming the dying industrial city into one of the most vibrant cities in the US.
  • Professor Frederick Steiner, Dean of the School of Architecture, University of Texas at Austin – one of the leading thinkers on sustainable cities and author of Design for a Venerable Planet.
  • Thomas Wright, Executive Director of the Regional Plan Association, New York – director of America’s first independent regional planning organisation.

Supported by the NSW Department of Trade and Investment, the symposium features focused sessions on transportation, urban renewal, food security, healthy cities, energy management, indigenous perspectives on the environment and climate change.

Tom Murphy will present a public lecture on Thursday 26 July at the Seymour Centre, City Revitalisation: Lessons for Sydney and its suburbs. Co-hosted by the Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering, the lecture will be followed by a panel discussion on strategies that can transform Sydney and other Australian cities into global examples of excellence.