Shaping the Creative City

Leading urban thinker Charles Landry will explain how imagination and creativity can help shape cities at our next City Talk on Wednesday 2 November at the State Theatre.

Best known for coining the term "the creative city", Charles works with cities around the world helping them harness imagination, creativity, culture and the arts to meet and overcome the challenges they face.

In 2003, he spent three months as Adelaide's 'Thinker in Residence', working with local communities and bringing together the suburbs and the city centre to create a joint vision for Adelaide's future. This resulted in the publicationRethinking Adelaide: Capturing the imagination. He undertook a similar project in Perth over 10 weeks in 2007.

His recent work has focussed on looking at whether diversity can benefit cities and the use of creativity in addressing global issues such as climate change and the balance between rich and poor.

Charles Landry will be joined by a panel who will discuss how Sydney can unlock and marshal the creative energy of our community. They include Dr James Bradfield Moody, Executive Director, Development, CSIRO; Jess Scully, Director, Creative Sydney; Emile Sherman, Producer, See-Saw Films; Roderick Simpson, Associate Professor in Urban Design, University of Sydney, Principal, Simpson + Wilson Architecture + Urban Design; and Dr Rodney Tolley, Conference Director, Walk21.


  • The Art of Citymaking: City Talk with Charles Landry Wednesday 2 November, 6pm - 8.30pm, State Theatre, 49 Market Street Sydney. Tickets are free and available from Ticketmaster on 136 100 or
  • Charles Landry's Website:

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