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How does a city get to be ‘smart’? This is how Tel Aviv did it

April 20th, 2018 · No Comments · Data, Government, Guest appearance, Smart cities

Image: Alexandra Lande/Shutterstock By Christine Steinmetz, Senior Lecturer in Built Environment, UNSW. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Smart cities, digital cities, virtual cities, connected cities. Are these just trendy buzzwords? Perhaps. But these types of cities are supported by infrastructure that is more than bricks and mortar. These cities […]

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Sydney needs more boarding houses

April 9th, 2018 · No Comments · Construction, Government, Guest appearance, Housing, Housing conditions, Housing supply, Marginal rental, Planning, Private rental, Sydney

By Matthew Benson, UNSW Built Environment Masters candidate and town planning consultant. Originally published in the Sydney Morning Herald. I was a town planner at the former City of South Sydney in the mid-nineties when brothels became legal. Brothel operators could apply to legalise brothels that had been operating for decades. I remember someone objecting […]

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Wealthy landlords and more sharehousing: how the rental sector is changing

April 5th, 2018 · No Comments · Demographics, Finance, Government, Housing, Housing conditions, Marginal rental, Private rental, Tenancy, Uncategorized

By Chris Martin. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. More people are becoming heavily indebted by buying rental properties and shared accommodation is flourishing, as third party tech platforms help people find a place without a real estate agent. A new report from the Australian Housing and Urban Research […]

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Housing: New Reapolitik Needs a New Real Economics

March 22nd, 2018 · No Comments · Affordability, Cities, Economy, Government, Housing, Planning, Productivity, Tax

By Duncan Maclennan, Laura Crommelin, Ryan van den Nouwelant, Hal Pawson.  Originally published on John Menadue’s Pearls and Irritations. Managing the pressured housing markets of cities such as Sydney and Melbourne poses a major challenge to governments at both state and Federal levels. As has become increasingly clear, such trajectories are wreaking serious damage for younger […]

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New cities? It’s an idea worth thinking about for Australia

March 19th, 2018 · No Comments · Cities, Demographics, Guest appearance, Planning, Regions, Transport

Benjamen Gussen’s proposal for a ‘charter city’ in the Pilbara stimulated this imaginary depiction. Justin Bolleter, Author provided By Robert Freestone, UNSW; Elizabeth Taylor, RMIT University, and Julian Bolleter, University of Western Australia. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Is there a case for revisiting the idea of new cities for […]

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Affordable housing policy failure still being fuelled by flawed analysis

March 15th, 2018 · No Comments · Affordability, Affordable housing, Construction, Government, Guest appearance, Housing, Housing supply, Planning

By Nicole Gurran, University of Sydney; Bill Randolph, UNSW; Peter Phibbs, University of Sydney; Rachel Ong, Curtin University, and Steven Rowley, Curtin University. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Australia has a housing affordability problem. There’s no doubt about that. Unfortunately, one of the reasons the problem has become so […]

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Pitch it Clever – salient visual clues in way-finding

February 22nd, 2018 · No Comments · Cities, Planning, Public space

By Aida Afrooz, City Futures Research Centre. Universities Australia’s Pitch it Clever competition challenges researchers to talk about their research in a video of no more than 2 minutes. Pitching it clever, I narrate my research story in this short video about ‘Salient Visual Clues in Way-finding’. If you don’t know what that is now, watch the video […]

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Six lessons on how to make affordable housing funding work across Australia

February 14th, 2018 · No Comments · Affordable housing, Construction, Finance, Government, Housing supply, Social housing, urban renewal

New affordable housing development in Melbourne. Image: Ryan van den Nouwelant By Laurence Troy, Bill Randolph, Ryan van den Nouwelant and Vivienne Milligan, City Futures Research Centre. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. A suitable construction funding model is the critical missing ingredient needed to deliver more affordable housing in Australia. Aside from short-lived […]

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Geodesign and the difficulty of working (planning) together

February 8th, 2018 · No Comments · Cities, Data, Planning

By Carmela Ticzon, City Futures Research Centre. Sustainable Urban Development (SUD) recognises that places and spaces are complex and multilayered. Cities are systems composed of interlinking environmental, social, and economic dimensions, and the interdependencies of their subsystems make it impossible to make changes in one without causing flow-on effects on the others. It makes sense, […]

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What Australia can learn from overseas about the future of rental housing

January 24th, 2018 · No Comments · Affordable housing, Demographics, Finance, Government, Housing, Housing conditions, International, Law, Private rental, Tax, Tenancy

Image: AAP/David Crosling By Chris Martin. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. When we talk about rental housing in Australia, we often make comparisons with renting overseas. Faced with insecure tenancies and unaffordable home ownership, we sometimes try to envisage European-style tenancies being imported here. And, over the past year, […]

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