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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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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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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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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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