Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, Chicago
Population projections show that New South Wales (NSW) will grow to nearly 10 million people by 2036, adding 2.7 million residents. Sydney, the economic center of the state, is expected to accommodate three-quarters of the growth—2.1 million residents. As NSW approaches 10 million, we ask, what comes next? How can urban designers realize a denser, transit-oriented, livable, sustainable city for a population nearly double what it is today?
As a response, Sydney has begun to rethink how commuters travel to and from the city’s Central Business District. Planned expansions to Metro services, new light rail, and enhanced ferry service are taking shape across the CBD and beyond, creating an unprecedented transit network in Australia, while enhancing the city’s vision for an even more livable Sydney.
In Central Barangaroo, a master-planned district, Sydney’s shift from automobile dependence has already begun. More than 90% of Sydneysiders arrive to the area by transit, aided by pedestrian walkways and public infrastructure designed to connect the district to the rest of the city. This presentation explored challenges and provide design strategies for Sydney, the greater metropolitan area, and NSW.