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A dashboard for the GreenWay

September 3rd, 2018 · No Comments · Bikes, Data, Planning, Public space, Sydney, Transport, Wellbeing

By Alessandra Buxton, Ori Gudes, Chris Pettit and Vandana Mann, City Futures Research Centre. Cycling around Sydney CBD and the surrounding suburbs has been dubbed a dangerous and difficult experience by Sydneysiders. Both Sydney and NSW are at the bottom of their classes in terms of cycling participation rates, with participation declining since 2015 in both greater […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Mounting housing stress underscores need for expert council to guide wayward policymaking

September 27th, 2017 · No Comments · Affordability, Construction, Data, Demographics, Government, Housing, Housing supply, Social housing

By Hal Pawson, UNSW and Oliver Frankel, University of Technology Sydney. Originally published on The Conversation. A recent policy pledge by Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen has given fresh heart to campaigners for the restoration of the former National Housing Supply Council (NHSC). The Abbott government axed the council in 2013. With housing stress intensifying across […]

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