Chan elected to Sydney City Council

Renowned architect, urban planner and Talking Architecture & Design guest HY William Chan has been elected to the Sydney City Council and will take on a role as part of Mayor Clover Moore’s independent team.

Chan takes office following recent council elections. In addition, he has been elected to a number of leadership positions, including chairman of the local Pedestrian, Bicycle and Traffic Calming Committee and vice chairman of the transportation, heritage, environment and planning committee.

As well as being appointed to a number of other Sydney city committees, Chan will serve as chief executive of Climate Emergency Australia, which acts on behalf of 104 local government areas and some 9.9 million Australians with the intention of bringing the country to net zero.

With over a decade of experience in design innovation, Chan has contributed to a host of city-defining projects throughout the port city in the areas of urban renewal, infrastructure, transportation, social housing developments and affordable. His work has seen him win several industry awards, including those from the Australian Institute of Architects and Good Design Australia.

Chan says the transformation of the port city overseen by Clover Moore and Philip Thalis convinced him to run for office.

“Sydney is a living example of what can be achieved with community when city building and policy making are one thing,” he says.

“Our city is moving forward with strong and visionary leadership that continues to be committed to progressive urban governance and community-led policies.”

The architect says he is motivated by the city’s track record of achievement in climate policy and the team’s ability to find solutions to the city’s complex social problems.

“With the converging crises of the pandemic, climate change, social injustice and housing unaffordability, we find ourselves at the most critical moment in which the work of the city must further safeguard the livability of future inhabitants. of Sydney”.

Chan will be tasked with delivering the council’s recently announced strategic plan, Sustainable Sydney 2030-2050: Continuation of the Vision. The new framework builds on more than a decade of work to create a greener, more connected, affordable and equitable city.

“Our 2050 vision for the City of Sydney is bold and pragmatic. It is backed by the community with extensive data analysis, particularly from lessons learned during Covid-19,” she says.

“Global cities like Sydney have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to bounce back and thrive beyond the pandemic. This is guided by our strategic foresight to provide more space for people, improve active transportation, increase innovation and cultural capital, invest in the nighttime economy, and accelerate green and water-sensitive urban design.”

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