The City of Ryde is running an international competition to design a new civic precinct.  Four designs have been shortlisted from 175 entries from 49 countries.  The jury includes Peter Poulet (NSW Government Architect), Shaun Carter (President of the Australian Institute of Architects NSW Chapter) and Maria Atkinson (sustainability strategist).  Read more details here.  This clip shows the design concepts from an American firm that was shortlisted.