Global Sydney: Economy, Planning and Environment



This chapter contextualises global Sydney under the dual forces of the global economy and neoliberal urbanism. Global Sydney is most captured in the economic and spatial transformations in the central city area: the concentration of advanced producer services (APS), the verticalisation of urban forms and urban redevelopment hotspots. These transformations have been facilitated by decades of neoliberalist planning strategies and entrepreneurial governance approaches, which have involved an increasing use of urban design. Sydney’s complex planning systems, urban morphological legacy and constraining physical environment present a very challenging setting for large-scale commercial development, and the pursuit for design excellence. The city’s competitive design policy has evolved as an adaptive response to these circumstances.


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  1. 1.UNSW SydneySydneyAustralia
  2. 2.University of CanberraCanberraAustralia

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