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Entries from July 28th, 2017

Saving Sirius: why heritage protection should include social housing

July 28th, 2017 · No Comments · Government, Law, Social housing, Sydney, urban renewal

By Chris Martin, UNSW. Originally published on The Conversation. Campaigners to save Sydney’s landmark Sirius building from demolition had a significant legal win this week. Last year, the then state heritage minister, Mark Speakman, refused to list the Brutalist block of public housing apartments on the New South Wales Heritage Register. Doing so would reduce the […]

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Sydney must heed lessons of London affordable housing fiasco

July 20th, 2017 · No Comments · Affordable housing, Government, Housing supply, Planning, Social housing, Sydney, urban renewal

By Hal Pawson, Associate Director, City Futures Research Centre. A recent Sydney Morning Herald feature on urban renewal in London shone an interesting and quite revealing spotlight on a high profile project with a major Australian connection. Crucially, though this rather uncritical account completely missed the aspect of the story with the greatest direct relevance […]

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Taxing empty homes: a step towards affordable housing, but much more can be done

July 17th, 2017 · No Comments · Affordability, Housing, Housing supply, Tax

Vacant and unlit ‘ghost’ apartments are a source of public outrage in major cities around the world. leniners/flickr, CC BY-NC By Hal Pawson, UNSW. Originally published on The Conversation. Vacant housing rates are rising in our major cities. Across Australia on census night, 11.2% of housing was recorded as unoccupied – a total of 1,089,165 dwellings. […]

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With better data access, urban planners could help ease our weight problems

July 11th, 2017 · No Comments · Cities, Data, Demographics, Planning, Wellbeing

Increasing access to health data and more readily available analytical tools offer some opportunities to tackle the ever-growing rates of obesity. AAP/Dave Hunt By Alison Taylor, UNSW; Christopher Pettit, UNSW; Ori Gudes, UNSW, and Susan Thompson, UNSW A recent episode of ABC TV’s Ask the Doctor pointed to poor urban planning as a major culprit […]

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