An article written by Anna Robinson, a urban designer and Sydneysider, another term for a native from Sydney. Robinson explains that Sydney, like all cities, is in transition. In the last two decades, Sydney’s most significant transition was from an employmentfocused Central Business District, or CBD, to a vibrant and truly mixed-use city where people live, work, learn, shop, recreate and just stay. Sydney benefits from its unique situation on a spectacular harbour. Its foreshore (waterfront) and the iconic architecture of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge have dominated the identity of the place.
“The experience of Sydney’s streets, laneways, civic and open spaces goes beyond urban design and planning. (…) People now engage with their city, participate in events and activate the public realm at all scales. This is placemaking by the people.”