The Future Cities Collaborative joins with several Australian and American partners and friends to support city leaders to build sustainable cities. The capacity of our collaborative partners varies from providing a base for our programs and events, providing experts and academics, and hosting delegations on the city exchanges.

As we expand our network of international collaborative partners, we will continue to focus on the United States, in order to bring the best in sustainable urban development to Australian cities.


United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney

USSCSince opening its doors in 2007, the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney has taken significant strides towards increasing understanding of the United States in Australia. Through one-of-a-kind educational programs and leading think-tank research, the Centre is leading the way in the study of the US outside America and building bridges between the two countries.

The Centre has provided a focus on the intersection between urban planning and the environment, leveraging Australian and US resources since 2009 with the foundational support of the Dow Chemical Company’s Sustainability Program and the NSW Government, The Centre is proud to be building stronger links between Australia, the United States, and the world through policy development, knowledge and exchange, and outreach programs such as the Future Cities Collaborative.


University of Sydney, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning

University of Sydney Faculty of Architecture, Design and PlanningThe Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning is one of 16 faculties within the University of Sydney. Through the faculty’s research and teaching programs it is committed to providing our students and the broader community with a high level of professional and intellectual insight into the vital and current debates on the future of our built and natural environments. The Faculty has a strong reputation for research across urban planning, design, architecture and architectural science. The Faculty is committed to promoting exchange between scholars and practitioners within Australia and internationally, and embraces the opportunity to work with the United States Studies Centre in establishing the Future Cities Collaborative.


NSW Department of Trade and Investment

Trade and InvestmentNSW Trade & Investment is the lead economic development agency in New South Wales, Australia responsible for driving sustainable economic growth across the state. They strive to achieve results by collaborating with and supporting businesses, industries and communities to advance investment, trade, innovation, productivity and regional growth across all sectors. NSW Trade & Investment work with local, national and international customers to deliver their services. Their main purpose is to develop a competitive and sustainable NSW economy, with the vision of a strong NSW economy built on resilient communities. The Future Cities Collaborative provides NSW Trade & Investment the opportunity to foster these goals by actively engaging in capacity building and knowledge sharing between and among communities and leading experts in the field.


NSW Department of Planning and Environment

Planning and EnvironmentThe NSW Department of Planning and Environment supports sustainable growth in NSW by working closely with local governments, various stakeholders and the community. NSW Planning and Environment’s work includes long-term planning for the State’s regions, driving well-located housing and employment land, assessing State-significant development proposals, and ensuring the planning system is efficient and effective. Involvement with the Future Cities Collaborative provides NSW Planning and Environment with the platform to actively engage in the planning process from the bottom-up by seeking out and asisting those communities that wish to implement sustainable and strategic planning.




Kinesis is a data-led consultancy that provides pragmatic, evidence-based solutions and advice to create more resiliant, productive and sustainable communities.

They help their clients capture, analyse and visualise data to generate a truly integrated picture of the environmental, social and economic performance or their urban environments. They do this through the use of their strategic urban design software, CCAP Precinct (aka PRECINX) which allows users to model, predict and compare different development scenarios to quickly identify resource, infrastructure and emission reduction opportunities alongside cost and affordability metrics.

Kinesis has been closely involved with the Future Cities Program since 2013, providing technical expertise and facilitation in the modelling and analysis of the participant projects.


AECOMAECOM is a premier, fully integrated professional and technical services firm positioned to design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets around the world for public and private sector clients. With nearly 100,000 employees — including architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists and management and construction services professionals — serving clients in over 150 countries around the world, AECOM is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, oil and gas, water, highrise buildings and government.

Flow Systems

FlowFlow’s mission is to create low carbon communities of the future that enhance livability, are self sufficient and reduce costs to government, developers and the community. Australia will require hundreds of thousands of new homes during the coming decades. We must meet the challenge of constrained government funding, water scarcity, rapidly rising utility bills and climate change. Developers, government and the community are calling for innovative approaches. Flow works with all stakeholders to develop local water and energy infrastructure and establishing local utilities designed to exist in the community for the long term. Flow has regulatory approval to build, own and operate local utilities, delivering retail services to residents and commercial operators within a community. Flow has been appointed the local water utility for eight visionary communities, which will comprise more than 25,000 homes and more than 2,000,000m2 of commercial retail space when complete.



The following cities and organisations have provided the Future Cities Collaborative with suport and collaboration, ranging from hosting traveling delegations  to providing expertise and advice from urban design and development leaders.

We look forward to continuing to expand these bilateral partnership as both nations benefit from the knowledge sharing and capacity building the Future Cities Collaborative provides.

City of Boulder, Colorado

City of Boulder

City of Fort Collins, Colorado

City of Fort Collins

City of San Francisco, California

City of Portland, Oregon

City of Portland

City of Oakland, California


Patchogue Village, New York


City of Long Beach, New York


City of Bridgeport, Connecticut


City of Long Branch, New Jersey


City of Jersey City, New Jersey 


City of Phoenix, Arizonia 


City of Dallas, Texas


City of Chicago, Illinois


City of Los Angeles, California



Ecodistricts, Portland

EcoDistrictsEcoDistrictsFormally Portland Sustainability Institute, EcoDistricts strives to create sustainable cities from the neighbourhood scale up. Urban development leaders of all stripes, from mayors to universities to affordable housing providers, see EcoDistricts as the powerful way to address many of their pressing challenges, from climate change to neighborhood degradation. In response, EcoDistricts is creating a convening, advocacy, technical assistance and research platform to inform and drive EcoDistrict innovation – strategic in nature, collaborative in approach and practical in application.

Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

Lincoln Institute of Land PolicyThe Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is a leading resource for key issues concerning the use, regulation, and taxation of land. Providing high-quality education and research, the Institute strives to improve public dialogue and decisions about land policy. As a private operating foundation whose origins date to 1946, the Institute seeks to inform decision making through education, research, policy evaluation, demonstration projects, and the dissemination of information, policy analysis, and data through our publications, Web site, and other media. By bringing together scholars, practitioners, public officials, policy makers, journalists, and involved citizens, the Lincoln Institute integrates theory and practice and provides a nonpartisan forum for multidisciplinary perspectives on public policy concerning land, both in the U.S. and internationally.


Project for Public Spaces

Project for Public SpacesProject for Public Spaces (PPS) is a nonprofit planning, design and educational organisation based in New York dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities. Their pioneering Placemaking approach helps citizens transform their public spaces into vital places that highlight local assets, spur rejuvenation and serve common needs.


Regional Plan Association, New York

Regional Plan Association, New YorkRPA works to improve the prosperity, infrastructure, sustainability and quality of life of the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut metropolitan region. Some of the region’s most significant public works, economic development and open space projects have their roots in RPA ideas and initiatives. RPA has pursued these goals by conducting independent research, planning, advocacy and vigorous public-engagement efforts. Every year, the most pressing challenges facing the region are debated at RPA’s spring conference, the Assembly, which draws leaders and professionals from government, business, civic groups and the media. A cornerstone of our work is the development of long-range plans and policies to guide the region’s growth. Since the 1920s, RPA has produced three landmark plans for the region and is about to begin work on a fourth plan that will tackle the urgent challenges facing our region, including climate change, fiscal uncertainty and declining economic opportunity.


Rocky Mountain Institute

Rocky Mountain InstituteBased in Boulder, Colorado, The Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) is a world leading organization specializing in delivering sustainable options and strategic scenarios for communities all over the world who are striving to improve the livability of their cities. RMI’s style is non-adversarial and trans-ideological, emphasizing integrative design and advanced technologies. Their strategic focus, executed through specific initiatives, is to drive the transition from coal and oil to efficient and renewable energies and holistic approaches to develop livable cities for a sustainable future.

Urban Land Institute, Colorado

Urban Land Institute ColoradoThe Urban Land Institute provides leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. ULI is an independent global nonprofit supported by members representing the entire spectrum of real estate development and land use disciplines. ULI District Councils support best practices in land use through Smart Growth programs, networking events and project tours. By offering nonpartisan, unbiased expertise to community leaders, District Councils positively influence such issues as compact development, transportation, urban design and workforce housing. With nearly 900 members, ULI Colorado is one of ULI’s largest District Councils. ULI Colorado engages its members to help them build their careers and participate in their community. In the past year alone, 25 ULI committees have attracted 250 volunteers and developed programs attended by thousands.


New York City Department of City Planning

DCPThe Department of City Planning promotes strategic growth, transit-oriented development, and sustainable communities in the city, in part by initiating comprehensive, consensus-based planning and zoning changes for individual neighbourhoods and business districts, as well as establishing policies and zoning regulations applicable citywide. It supports the City Planning Commission and each year reviews more than 500 land use applications for actions such as zoning changes and disposition of city property. The department assists both government agencies and the public by providing policy analysis and technical assistance relating to housing, transportation, community facilities, demography, waterfront and public space.

New York City Economic Development Corporation

NYCEDCThe New York Economic Development Corporation (NYEDC) is the city’s primary engine for economic development charged with leveraging the city’s assets to drive growth, create jobs and improve quality of life. NYCEDC relies on their expertise to develop, advise, manage and invest to strengthen businesses and help neighbourhoods thrive. NYCEDC also helps create affordable housing, new parks, shopping areas, community centres, cultural centres and much more. Their key priority areas are: development, advisory services, strategic management, and investment. NYCEDC is dedicated to investing in growth and capital, not only economic, but also human growth and capital.

New York City Business Improvement Districts

New York City is home to the most comprehensive network of Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) in the country. For more than 30 years, BIDs have been valuable and proven partners in ongoing initiatives of neighbourhood revitalisation and economic development across the five boroughs. In total, there are 69 BIDs in New York City. BIDs have proven themselves catalytic in the process of transforming commercial corridors and driving economic change in all five boroughs. A BID is a public-private partnership in which property and business owners elect to make a collective contribution to the maintenance, development, and promotion of their commercial district. BIDs have helped revitalise neighbourhoods and catalyse economic development throughout New York City. BIDs deliver supplemental services such as:

  • Sanitation and maintenance
  • Public safety and hospitality
  • Marketing and promotions
  • Capital improvements
  • Beautification
  • District representation
  • Business development

All services are funded by a special assessment paid by property owners within the district. The City’s BIDs invest over $105 million annually in programs and services for neighbourhoods across the five boroughs.

The Future Cities Collaborative has worked with:

ARUP, New York

ARUPArup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services. Founded in 1946 with an initial focus on structural engineering, Arup first came to the world’s attention with the structural design of the Sydney Opera House, followed by its work on the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Arup has since grown into a truly multidisciplinary organisation. Most recently, its work for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing has reaffirmed its reputation for delivering innovative and sustainable designs that reinvent the built environment. Arup’s New York office is the largest in the Americas region and its staff represents virtually all of Arup’s many engineering, design and consulting disciplines. The firm’s current work in New York includes the first phase of the new Second Avenue Subway, a multibillion dollar underground railway line on the east side of Manhattan. The Fulton Street Transit Center is replacing a maze of underground pedestrian passages with a passenger-friendly central hub linking 12 subway lines and six stations. Recently completed, JetBlue Airways’s Terminal 5 at JFK Airport is setting new standards for passenger convenience and airport efficiency.

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Agency

LA MetroLA Metro directly operates bus, light rail, heavy rail, and bus rapid transit services. It provides funding and directs planning for commuter rail and freeway/expressway projects within Los Angeles County. LA Metro is
unique among America’s transportation agencies as it serves as transport planner, coordinator, designer, builder and operator for one of the countries largest counties; nearly 9.6 million — one third of California’s residents — live, work and play within its 3711 square kilometre service area.

Old Pasadena Management District

OPMDThe Old Pasadena Management District (OPMD) is a non-profit business organisation that creatively plans, manages and develops Old Pasadena as a unique, authentic and vibrant downtown experience. The OPMD currently contracts with the City of Pasadena to manage the Old Pasadena Business Improvement District (BID). The BID enhances the basic City services by funding district-wide security, marketing, and maintenance programs to provide a clean, safe vibrant downtown experience. All operations are financed through annual tax assessments on privately owned commercial property. The Old Pasadena BID was formed in 2000 and recently approved for a ten-year term to be renewed in 2025.


Partners from the 2015 City Exchange 

The Future Cities Collaborative would like to acknowledge the following organisations for their contributions to the 2015 City Exchange: