As part of the Sydney Architecture Festival, Penrith City Council co-ordinated a day of talks and tours to celebrate Penrith’s built environment.
After a warm welcome from the Mayor of Penrith, we began to ponder some important questions - have you ever imagined how Sydney was in the past? How did urban planners predict the growth of
Bob Meyer from COX Architects presented a remarkable history of Sydney’s city planning and the future of Penrith. Sydney’s population will be greatly increased by 2051. Inevitably, Penrith will bear a large part of this increase, 57% of Sydney’s population is predicted to reside in Greater Western Sydney, including Penrith!
Craig Butler from Penrith City Council then encouraged the attendees to imagine different opportunities for "Penrith In the Future". Craig outlined an innovative project involving artists to collect & interpret community needs to facilitate new collaboration with engineers/planners/architects in a process to invent solutions for more complex & fast changing issues. The contemporary art project initiated by Penrith City Council, and presented at The Future of Penrith/Penrith of the Future Exhibition at Sydney Opera House provides a new perspective to conventional planning methods.