Should Cities Rule the World? This was the subject of my address to the National Press Club in Canberra this week.
I was joined by David Parken from Australian Institute of Architects, Laurie Wilson, Director of the National Press Club (above) and leading experts from the world of architecture, planning and design.
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I had the privilege of being asked to give the 47th Walter Burley Griffin Memorial Lecture, in honour of Walter Burley Griffin's significant contribution to urban planning and architecture in Australia.
Shamefully, the Abbott government is yet to articulate a cities' policy and instead is funding roads that cripple city life by congestion, rather than investing in public transport.
In my speech I discussed my passion for sustainability, good planning, design excellent and making our cities work for everyone. You can read my speech here.