Sydney needs to think big to remain Australia’s global city in 2050

02 May 2014

Sydney needs to double the height of its skyscrapers to remain as Australia’s global city by 2050, says the Urban Taskforce.


“For Sydney to remain as Australia’s number one city we need to plan for doubling the height of our skyscrapers by 2050,” says Chris Johnson, CEO of the Urban Taskforce. “Melbourne, Brisbane and even Parramatta have taller buildings than Sydney planned as they lift their global standing.


“Sydney needs to take a strong pro-growth position as recent data from a report by Price Waterhouse Coopers indicated that Sydney’s annual economic growth over the last 10 years was half that of Melbourne and Brisbane. Sydney grew economically each year at 2.2% while Brisbane grew at 4.4% and Melbourne at 4.7% each year.”


“Sydney is being held back by out of date planning rules that set the underside of Sydney Tower, designed in the 1970s, as the cap on height for new buildings.”


“The world now has dozens of high-rise towers planned or built that are double the height of Sydney Tower. Across Asia many cities are building towers that are symbols of the prosperity and the optimism of that city’s economic growth.”


“To contribute to debate on Sydney’s global future, the Urban Taskforce has asked three of Sydney’s top architects to create their visions for what Sydney would look like in 2050.”


“By 2050 Sydney will need a new metro system that crosses the harbour and funding for this could come from the development of super tall towers around the proposed new metro stations according to a vision for Sydney’s future created by Philip Vivian of architectural firm Bates Smart.”


“Architect Richard Francis-Jones has proposed new green parks that even cross the Harbour Bridge and funds these from dramatic new high-rise developments within solar access planes.”


“James Fitzpatrick visualises Sydney in 2050 as having a series of centres including North Sydney, Glebe Island, Central Station and Woolloomooloo all connected by a new circular metro line.”


“Sydney’s future will not be advanced if we think of ourselves only as small villages. We must have big visions for the future so that Sydney plays an increasing leadership role as one of the world’s leading cities.”


“Our vision for Sydney in 2050 is for a dynamic, mixed use metropolitan centre where tens of thousands of people live in the city centre along with an increased workforce connected to world finance and consulting services. This bustle of people will need exciting cafes, restraints, public spaces, cultural facilities and a world class public transport system based on a metro network.”


“The Urban Taskforce urges Sydney siders to think big for Sydney’s future so that we keep ahead of Melbourne and Brisbane as they push forward. Even more important is that Sydney is positioned in the Asia Pacific region as one of the leading cities along with Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore.”


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• Also see below image of: A vision of Sydney 2050 by Philip Vivian, Bates Smart.


Bates Smart vision 2050


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