City Futures Research Centre UNSW Built Environment

Multi-agency Scenario Planning

Sustainable Urban Development decisions are complex as they are contextualized by functionally interdependent subsystems that can change over time. Decision-making requires the consideration of information uncertainty, and the alignment of diverse multi-agency perspectives and interests on how development should proceed such that the solutions respond to integrated economic, social, and environmental goals.

This workshop project will formulate big picture future scenarios for the South East Sydney Catchment using the Geodesign Framework developed by Professor Carl Steinitz, Harvard Graduate School of Design and University College London.  The Geodesign process supports a systems thinking approach to Sustainable Urban Development, driven by information sharing and interaction between different stakeholder groups. 

Workshop participants from across Government, Industry, Community, and Academia will be exploring different development and impact scenarios while maintaining a transparent and manageable workflow in addressing complex decisions.

The key outcomes and benefits expected from this project are:

1. Identification of different goals and concerns held by key agencies and stakeholders in Sydney’s future growth.

2. Development of a collective understanding of how city systems function and relate to each other

3. Development of a scenario-planning framework to meet Sydney’s infrastructure needs.

4. Contribution to fostering a data-sharing culture between key agencies.

5. Demonstration of Geodesign’s feasibility as a model for multi-stakeholder decision-making.


Workshop conductors:

Prof. Carl Steinitz (Harvard Graduate School of Design and University College London)

Dr. Hrishikesh Ballal (Centre of Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College London)


Funded by

Sydney Water

Collaborating partners

Ernst & Young
Greater Sydney Commission

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