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What if autonomous vehicles actually make us more dependent on cars?

February 19th, 2019 · No Comments · Cities, Guest appearance, International, Smart cities, Sustainability, Transport

Shutterstock. By Mark Kleinman, Professor of Public Policy, King’s College London and Charlene Rohr, Senior Research Fellow, King’s College London. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Mark Kleinman is visiting City Futures Research Centre as part of the PLuS Alliance. Cities across Europe are taking steps […]

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The big lesson from Opal Tower is that badly built apartments aren’t only an issue for residents

January 17th, 2019 · No Comments · Cities, Construction, Government, Guest appearance, Housing, Housing conditions, Strata, Sydney

By Laura Crommelin, Bill Randolph and Hazel Easthope (City Futures Research Centre), and Martin Loosemore (Built Environment, UNSW Sydney). Originally published on The Conversation. The saga of Opal Tower, the 36-storey Sydney apartment building evacuated on Christmas Eve after frightening cracking, has helped to expose the deep cracks in Australia’s approach to building apartments. An interim […]

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Who wins and who loses when platforms like Airbnb disrupt housing? And how do you regulate it?

November 8th, 2018 · No Comments · Affordability, Airbnb, Cities, Government, Housing, Housing supply, International, Law, Marginal rental, Private rental, Sharing, Sydney

By Laura Crommelin, Chris Martin and Laurence Troy (City Futures Research Centre, UNSW Sydney) and Sharon Parkinson (Swinburne University of Technology). This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Short-term letting platforms like Airbnb are changing property owners’ and investors’ views and behaviour in the Sydney and Melbourne rental […]

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What we need for a national settlement strategy that works

October 19th, 2018 · No Comments · Cities, Demographics, Migration, Planning, Regions

By Sue Holliday, Built Environment, UNSW Sydney. Originally published by The Fifth Estate. There is a growing cacophony of calls for a national settlement strategy. What does that mean? Are we all over the exhaustion of daily congestion? Are we fed up with promises of infrastructure that fails to catch up with the growth of […]

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Why is it so hard to engage communities in healthy city making?

June 14th, 2018 · No Comments · Cities, Planning, Wellbeing

By Susan Thompson, City Futures Research Centre. This article originally appeared in New Planner – the journal of the New South Wales planning profession – published by the Planning Institute of Australia. For more information, please visit: www.planning.org.au/news/new-planner-nsw. Why is it hard to get people from all walks of life and across the age spectrum genuinely involved in planning?  Is there […]

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Airbnb regulation needs to distinguish between sharing and plain old commercial letting

June 6th, 2018 · No Comments · Airbnb, Cities, Data, Housing, Housing supply, Law, Planning, Sharing, Sydney

Image: paul/Flickr, CC BY By Laura Crommelin, Chris Martin and Laurence Troy, City Futures Research Centre, UNSW. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Airbnb and other short-term letting websites have been a hot topic of debate for some time. In New South Wales, it seems the state government is on […]

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Homelessness: Australia’s shameful story of policy complacency and failure continues

May 15th, 2018 · No Comments · Affordability, Cities, Data, Government, Guest appearance, Housing, Social housing, Sydney

By Hal Pawson, UNSW and Cameron Parsell, The University of Queensland. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Exactly a decade ago in 2008, the Australian government committed to an ambitious strategy to halve national homelessness by 2020. Through stepped-up early intervention, better homelessness services and an expanded supply of affordable housing, […]

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Zoning: impost, or necessary urban management?

May 14th, 2018 · No Comments · Affordability, Cities, Data, Economy, Housing, Planning

By Greg Paine, City Futures Research Centre. City Futures Research Centre and the Henry Halloran Trust recently hosted a seminar to review a Reserve Bank Australia discussion paper on zoning and house prices (see the video, and the CityBlog summary).  It was well-attended (the issue strikes a chord), and conducted in the best traditions of […]

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Grappling with housing disruption: how should planners respond to Airbnb?

May 1st, 2018 · No Comments · Affordability, Cities, Data, Economy, Government, Housing, Planning, Sydney

By Laura Crommelin. This article originally appeared in New Planner – the journal of the New South Wales planning profession – published by the Planning Institute of Australia.  The explosive growth of digital short-term letting platform Airbnb poses plenty of challenges for planners, with the impact being felt across both urban and regional areas. But what exactly is the […]

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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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