What is urban transformation?
Urban transformation, urban renewal and urban regeneration are all fairly interchangeable terms, used more or less in different geographies.
UrbanGrowth NSW prefers the term ‘urban transformation’ as the best way to describe what we do. We’re not just about renewing what’s there or breathing fresh life into these urban places. It’s bigger and bolder than that, and demands a long-term vision, more imagination, collaboration and creativity. It’s about nothing short of transformation.
UrbanGrowth NSW: City Transformation Life Cycle™
This is UrbanGrowth NSW’s new methodology for urban transformation.
Starting from an entirely different place to that usually adopted, this Life Cycle will direct, determine and develop our planning, building and city living outcomes.
Before thinking about building designs, our starting position is Thinking Cities – reflecting on the strategic significance of the site, its context economically and culturally, and its potential land uses and beneficiaries. It brings together ideas, ambitions, aspirations and needs to define what want Sydney can be.
The second phase is Funding Cities, which considers innovative economic and financial models to finance the aspirations established in Thinking Cities.
Then we will move to the third phase: Building Cities, the usual starting point for major projects. Importantly, this is not just about building design, shape and colours; rather, it is about the highest and best integrated land use and transport planning to benefit the people that live, visit and work in these places.
The fourth phase is Living Cities, the creation of great places, great spaces and great opportunities and is fundamental to produce a global Sydney that is resilient, happy and prosperous.