Amanda Burden, Big Apple’s master planner in Sydney

March 22nd, 2011

22 March 2011 City of Sydney News Release

Amanda Burden, Big Apple’s master planner arrives in  Sydney to help sort Barangaroo

The visionary urban planner whose ambitious rezoning projects have spearheaded the transformation of New York City has agreed to share her knowledge with Sydney as part of the City’s environmental leadership program.

Amanda Burden, whose ground-breaking plans have transformed commercial and residential development to reclaim New York’s waterfront – creating much needed housing, office space and parkland – will speak at the City of Sydney’s Design Excellence Forum tonight.

As New York City’s Planning Commissioner and Director of Planning, she has championed landmark projects including Battery Park City in Manhattan, and the Chelsea High Line, a 2.3 km park built on a disused rail track.

The High Line is now one of the world’s most unusual and exhilarating public parks – an aerial greenway with seats, lights and cultural attractions.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP said, being waterfront cities with growing populations and bold sustainability visions, Sydney and New York face similar challenges.

“Creating the kind of city Sydneysiders want, the kind of city that attracts talent and encourages innovation, means being economically sound, easy to get around, and just a great place to live and work,” the Lord Mayor said.

“Amanda’s insights into major waterfront urban renewal, creating lively city centres and addressing climate change, will be particularly relevant to us here in Sydney. She has consistently taken a broad, strategic look at the city, and encouraged truly excellent design.

“This is particularly important as we redevelop Sydney’s last harbourside location at Barangaroo, as well as renewal sites at Green Square and Redfern.

Ms Burden’s visit further cements Sydney’s relationship with New York City. In November last year her colleague, Transport Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, addressed a packed Town Hall during a City of Sydney City Talk on delivering sustainable streets.

As well as her keynote at the City’s design excellence forum, Ms Burden will also speak at the 2011 Australian City and Urban Development Summit.

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