International urbanist Charles Landry to share experience with Canberra

Released 21/11/2019

Internationally renowned authority on urban change, Charles Landry, will be visiting Canberra to share his insights on how cities can punch above their weight and become leaders of ambition on the international scene.

The ‘City of Ambition’ visit will challenge government, industry and community to apply innovative ways of working together, and develop an environment of courage and determination that makes the most of Canberra’s potential as one of the world’s most liveable cities.

City Renewal Authority chief executive Malcolm Snow said bringing Mr Landry to Canberra is evidence of the city’s ambition to be innovative, more resilient, self-sustaining and transform for the better. 

“Canberra is an ambitious city that aims to be creative, sustainable and people-focussed, loved by its citizens and a destination of choice for visitors and investors,” Mr Snow said.

“Mr Landry has completed hundreds of projects for public and private interests, given keynotes addresses and workshops in 65 countries and written a number of acclaimed books on urban change and city making. We are thrilled Mr Landry has agreed to share this vast experience with us, to help Canberra be a city that aims to punch above its weight.”

The City of Ambition visit includes meetings, workshops and presentations with industry, government and community stakeholders to engage with Mr Landry’s expertise, plus a tour of key sites and renewal projects in Canberra’s urban landscape.

A highlight of the visit includes a ticketed presentation and panel discussion open to the public. Hosted by Gabrielle Trainor AO, Mr Landry will be joined by national and local urban change experts Kate Brennan (City Renewal Authority Board member), Nikos Kalogeropoulos (Molonglo) and Dr Beck Davis (Australian National University) for a night of new ideas, conversation and insight into Canberra’s future and what it takes to be a city of ambition.

“For anyone that has ever asked, ‘how do I make an impact on my community, on my city?’, this is a fantastic opportunity to hear from one of the world’s leading urban strategists and contribute to creating an even better Canberra,” Mr Snow said.

The City of Ambition presentation and panel discussion event will be held on Wednesday 27 November 2019, 5.00pm – 7.30pm at the National Film and Sound Archive.

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