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Too little…but not too late?

November 29th, 2016 · No Comments · Affordable housing, Cities, Housing supply, Planning, Planning reform, urban renewal

by Judy Stubbs, Judith Stubbs Associates Like most public policy announcements, the Greater Sydney Commission’s recent release of its six Draft District Plans has some good news, and some news that housing researchers and public interest bodies would likely regard as not so good. GSC District Plans – two steps forward In many ways, the […]

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The Greater Sydney Commission could deliver a step-change policy advance on affordable housing

November 2nd, 2016 · No Comments · Affordable housing, Planning, Planning reform

The latest CityWest Housing affordable rental block, Portman Street, Zetland, under construction in 2015 Make no mistake; in the ranking of Australian urban governance innovations, the founding of the Greater Sydney Commission looks set to prove a major league event. Established by the NSW Government at the start of 2016, the GSC’s role is to […]

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The Political Economy of the Compact City: the Story from Perth

April 27th, 2016 · No Comments · Cities, Government, Housing supply, Planning, Planning reform, Transport

After enjoying great economic prosperity during the mining boom, Perth now finds itself grappling with the challenges of pursuing a compact city agenda in a more financially precarious era.  The effects of this new era are already emerging; for example, while the high-profile Elizabeth Quay waterfront redevelopment opened recently, some of its associated private development […]

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The Political Economy of the Compact City: the Story from Sydney

December 4th, 2015 · No Comments · Cities, Government, Housing, Planning reform

There are few more contentious urban projects than Barangaroo, the history of which was recently described as “a quintessentially Sydney story”. It’s a description that highlights the complex and contested nature of Sydney’s urban renewal landscape, which is also revealed in a new City Futures Working Paper by Dr Raymond Bunker. Entitled The changing political […]

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Metro governance and planning

October 28th, 2015 · No Comments · Cities, Government, Planning reform

By Bill Randolph, Director, City Futures Research Centre. This a revised version of an address given at the Cities Roundtable with the Minister for Cities and the Built Environment, Melbourne School of Design. The way in which our cities are governed is probably the most critical issue in determining how well we collectively respond to […]

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URMO: principles for public space-making to support human health

October 19th, 2015 · No Comments · Planning reform, Public space, Wellbeing

By Susan Thompson, Professor of Planning and Associate Director (City Wellbeing), City Futures Research Centre, UNSW, and Peter McCue, Executive Officer, NSW Premier’s Council for Active Living (PCAL). A version of this post was published in New Planner, the journal of the Planning Institute of Australia (NSW Division). Planners have a key role in creating meaningful and […]

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Precincts and sustainable built environments

September 22nd, 2015 · No Comments · Planning reform, Wellbeing

By Greg Paine, Research Officer, City Futures Research Centre, City Wellbeing Program. Professor Susan Thompson and I were invited to attend a recent “Surround Sound” forum hosted by The Fifth Estate (TFE), the weekly e-newsletter on sustainable building.  The forum focused on how precincts can be key to achieving sustainable built environments, and thus a sustainable […]

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A Fresh Lens on Housing Unaffordability – The Problem and its Causes

June 16th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Affordability, Housing supply, Planning reform

Paper presented at the Urban Conversations event 10 June 2015 hosted by the Australian Graduate School of Urbanism at UNSW Built Environment, Cox Richardson Architects and Planners and the NSW Architects Registration Board By: Prof Bill Randolph, City Futures Research Centre, UNSW Built Environment Part 1: The Problem and its Causes It is surely a […]

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