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They know where you go: dockless bike sharing looms as the next disruptor – if key concerns are fixed

December 7th, 2017 · No Comments · Bikes, Cities, Data, Transport

By Christopher Pettit, UNSW. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Dr Simone Z. Leao created the Bicycling Dashboard shown in this article. Beyond the benefits of dockless bike sharing for people’s mobility and health, these services are producing an ever more useful byproduct: journey data. Mapped through global positioning system […]

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Government guarantee opens investment highway to affordable housing

December 5th, 2017 · No Comments · Affordable housing, Finance, Government, Guest appearance, Housing, Social housing

By Julie Lawson, Honorary Associate Professor, RMIT University; Hal Pawson, Associate Director – City Futures Research Centre, UNSW, and Vivienne Milligan, Senior Visiting Fellow – City Futures Research Centre, UNSW. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Australian governments have stepped into the market at critical times since the late 19th […]

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Visioning varieties of “mixed tenure” development  

December 1st, 2017 · No Comments · Affordable housing, Construction, Housing, Planning, Social housing, Strata, urban renewal

By Ryan van den Nouwelant and Hal Pawson, City Futures Research Centre. Originally published on The Fifth Estate. Mixed tenure – that is, mixing subsidised housing (social or affordable rental) with market housing – is an increasingly common feature of urban redevelopment. How best to do it, though, depends on what you are trying to […]

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Vanguarding Newcastle

November 23rd, 2017 · No Comments · Cities, Guest appearance, Planning, Public space, urban renewal

  By Dr Ori Gudes, Research Fellow, City Futures Research Centre, UNSW, Emily Davies O’Sullivan, Willana Urban, Newcastle, and Associate Professor M. Hank Haeusler, Computational Design, UNSW. Earlier this month 50 rising urban planners and leaders from cities across the globe converged in Newcastle, NSW, for Vanguard Australia. Organised by NextCityOrg, this was the first of […]

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Facts sink glib housing supply mantra – the focus must be on affordable rental

November 21st, 2017 · No Comments · Affordability, Affordable housing, Cities, Finance, Government, Housing, Housing supply, Social housing, Sydney, urban renewal

By Hal Pawson, UNSW. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. As everyone supposedly knows, fixing housing unaffordability is simply a matter of boosting housing supply. But wait! With their just-published report on house-building and population growth, ANU academics Ben Phillips and Cukkoo Joseph have blown yet another hole in that […]

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Living rooms for rent by the minute outsource the whole idea of home

November 15th, 2017 · No Comments · Cities, Guest appearance, Housing, Housing conditions, Marginal rental

A living room rented by the minute and another room shared for sleeping – the age of the ‘distributed’ home is upon us. By Christian Tietz, UNSW.  This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Zifferblatt with double f and double t is a German and Russian word for a watch […]

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Federal Government’s affordable housing reforms need a social housing investment plan

November 13th, 2017 · No Comments · Affordable housing, Finance, Government, Guest appearance, Housing, Housing supply, Law, Money

By Julie Lawson, Honorary Associate Professor, Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University. City Futures Research Centre is collaborating with Dr Lawson on the AHURI Inquiry ‘Social Housing as Infrastructure‘. The Centre for Urban Research in its submission concerning the National Housing and Finance Investment Corporation to the Federal Treasury provides evidence to support an appropriately governed […]

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Wayfinding at night: a review of research and best practice

November 8th, 2017 · No Comments · Cities, Data, Public space, Sydney, Transport

By Aida Afrooz, City Futures Research Centre. Finding your way through a city, especially at night, can be daunting. Across the world many governments have sought to facilitate ‘wayfinding’, by making cities more legible and pedestrian friendly. To inform its understanding of wayfinding, the City of Sydney recently engaged a team of researchers from City […]

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Room sharing is the new flat sharing

October 13th, 2017 · No Comments · Affordability, Cities, Guest appearance, Housing, Housing conditions, Marginal rental, Public space, Sydney, Wellbeing

“Looking for one girl to share a master room with another 3 girls.” Screenshot from Gumtree ad, August 19 2017, 11:58 , Author provided. By Christian Tietz, UNSW. Originally published on The Conversation. Christian’s exhibition of new work – DENSA: Exploring New Urban Equipment for Denser Living – will be on display throughout the Red Centre […]

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New report maps the route to affordable housing expansion

October 4th, 2017 · No Comments · Affordable housing, Finance, Government, Housing supply, Social housing, Uncategorized

By Hal Pawson, City Futures Research Centre. Important new steps towards expanding Australia’s affordable housing were mapped out in a hard-hitting official report, published last week. The paper, by the Affordable Housing Working Group reporting to the Council for Federal Financial Relations, draws substantially on recent City Futures Research Centre findings. Its main purpose is […]

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