City Revitalisation: Lessons for Sydney and its suburbs

Co-presented with the US Studies Centreand the Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering

26 July

City building and rebuilding has challenged many great minds in the last century. Our cities are ageing and many of the industries supporting them are shrinking or moving offshore. Tom Murphy served three terms as the mayor of 'the steel city' Pittsburgh USA, from January 1994 through December 2005, tackling the problems of rebuilding a dying city that had lost its manufacturing and industrial base. He catalysed a series of initiatives which have made Pittsburgh one of the most vibrant and liveable cities in the USA, even in the current recession. He has lessons for Sydney from Pittsburgh and from his advisory services to other cities around the world, including London, Moscow and Los Angeles.

Tom Murphy’s presentation for Sydney Ideas will focus on strategies that Sydney and other Australian cities can use to move from good to great. His presentation will be followed by a panel discussion with local experts, and an opportunity to ask questions.


  • Tom Murphy, senior resident fellow, Urban Land Institute, Washington and former mayor of Pittsburgh, USA
  • The Hon Patricia Forsythe, The Hon Patricia Forsythe, Executive Director, Sydney Business Chamber, former Member of the NSW Legislative Council and Honorary Associate of the Graduate School of Government at the University of Sydney
  • Edward Blakely, Honorary Professor of Urban Policy at the US Studies Centre, the University of Sydney
  • Julie Bindon, Urban Reform Project, The Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering
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Tom Murphy is a guest of the UPE 10 International Symposium Next City: Planning for a New Energy and Carbon Future co-hosted by the United States Studies Centre and the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney. The Symposium is supported by New South Wales Trade & Investment. You can register for the Symposium online



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