Sustainable Sydney: Living in the 2060s


A scholarship named for John Bradfield (ME 1896 BE(Civil) 1889 DSc 1924), designer of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, has enabled an engineering student to develop a unique urban vision.

The $700,000 Lendlease John Bradfield Scholarship Fund aims to encourage academic excellence and creativity in undergraduate students studying the development of cities.

Caitlin Hanrahan, a 20-year-old undergraduate student, has a sustainable vision for Sydney’s future. She wants people to live in what she calls Central Living Districts (CLDs).

Caitlin imagines these as high-density districts located across the metropolitan area from Sydney’s CBD to North Sydney, Parramatta, Liverpool, Campbelltown and Bankstown. Each district would include essential infrastructure such as healthcare, education and entertainment services.

With its population of 10 million, Caitlin sees CLDs as the key to making Sydney in 2060 the most livable city in the world.

“Now is the time to create a vibrant, affordable, sustainable and desirable place to live,” she says.

“Sydney should be reshaped into a series of interconnected CLDs evenly distributed across the city, with an efficient, interconnecting transport system rather than one sprawling gridlocked central business district.”

Caitlin is studying a combined Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce. She is also the inaugural recipient of the Lendlease Bradfield Urban Vision Scholarship, which aims to encourage academic excellence and creativity in studies related to urbanism.

The scholarship is awarded annually in recognition of the legacy of John Bradfield, the celebrated Australian engineer whose transformative projects included Sydney’s City Circle railway infrastructure and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The scholarship aims to give innovative thinkers such as Caitlin the chance to study, explore ideas and make transformative contributions to the urban landscapes in which we live.