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Beyond the city – healthy built environments in regional and rural localities

September 18th, 2017 · No Comments · Government, Planning, Sustainability, Wellbeing

By Susan Thompson. This is an edited version of the ‘Healthy Built Environments’ column published in the September 2017 issue of New Planner. Healthy planning is about supporting the wellbeing of all people, no matter where they live, their age, physical and mental abilities, and irrespective of their socio-economic status.  In this ‘urban’ century, when more […]

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What’s equity got to do with health in a higher-density city?

August 24th, 2017 · No Comments · Cities, Planning, Public space, Wellbeing

Green space, easily accessible to everyone no matter what their income, should be a priority in designing high-density residential areas. Marcus Jaaske from www.shutterstock.com By Susan Thompson, UNSW and Gregory Paine, UNSW. This article is the last of a series of articles based on new research into the place of lower-income and disadvantaged households in a […]

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Why investor-driven urban density is inevitably linked to disadvantage

August 23rd, 2017 · No Comments · Affordability, Cities, Construction, Housing, Housing conditions, Housing supply, Planning, Sydney, urban renewal

By Bill Randolph, UNSW This article is the third in a series based on new research into the place of lower-income and disadvantaged households in a compact city. Originally published on The Conversation. The densification of Australian cities has been heralded as a boon for housing choice and diversity. The up-beat promotion of “the swing […]

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It’s not just the buildings, high-density neighbourhoods make life worse for the poor

August 22nd, 2017 · No Comments · Affordability, Cities, Demographics, Housing, Planning, Public space, Sydney, urban renewal

By Laurence Troy, UNSW; Hazel Easthope, UNSW, and Laura Crommelin, UNSW This article is the second in a series based on new research into the place of lower-income and disadvantaged households in a compact city. Originally published on The Conversation. Last year marked the first time that construction began on more higher-density housing in Australia […]

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The Conscious City

August 15th, 2017 · No Comments · Cities, Data, Planning, Wellbeing

Image credit: Emily Mitchell By Greg Paine and Susan Thompson, City Futures Research Centre, UNSW Sydney. The city is a complex place.  It is hard to unpack all of the components that make up the enormity of the city phenomenon.  To help make sense of it all, characterising the city in particular ways can assist. […]

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Sydney must heed lessons of London affordable housing fiasco

July 20th, 2017 · No Comments · Affordable housing, Government, Housing supply, Planning, Social housing, Sydney, urban renewal

By Hal Pawson, Associate Director, City Futures Research Centre. A recent Sydney Morning Herald feature on urban renewal in London shone an interesting and quite revealing spotlight on a high profile project with a major Australian connection. Crucially, though this rather uncritical account completely missed the aspect of the story with the greatest direct relevance […]

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With better data access, urban planners could help ease our weight problems

July 11th, 2017 · No Comments · Cities, Data, Demographics, Planning, Wellbeing

Increasing access to health data and more readily available analytical tools offer some opportunities to tackle the ever-growing rates of obesity. AAP/Dave Hunt By Alison Taylor, UNSW; Christopher Pettit, UNSW; Ori Gudes, UNSW, and Susan Thompson, UNSW A recent episode of ABC TV’s Ask the Doctor pointed to poor urban planning as a major culprit […]

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Beyond Medicare levies: joining the dots to create places that are good for our health

June 23rd, 2017 · No Comments · Planning, Public space, Wellbeing

The Airds Bradbury residential development has open spaces but these lack the amenities of public parks. Author provided. Susan Thompson, UNSW and Gregory Paine, UNSW We have lots of open space, but no real parks. – participant in Airds Bradbury study When you build a park, put a cafe there and a newsagent, or something, […]

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Planning healthy cities: a workshop linking research questions to policy and practice

May 26th, 2017 · No Comments · Cities, Planning, Wellbeing

By Alison Taylor, Susan Thompson and Ori Gudes, City Futures Research Centre. Earlier this month a group of around 30 academics, health planners, and interested stakeholders met to discuss research needs around the topic of planning healthy cities. Representatives from the City Futures Research Centre kicked off the workshop with three short presentations that set the […]

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Health infrastructure is what planners do!

April 11th, 2017 · No Comments · Planning, Sydney, Wellbeing

By Susan Thompson, City Futures Research Centre, and Peter McCue, NSW Office of Sport. This is an edited version of the authors’ column in New Planner. When we think about health infrastructure we generally focus on hospitals, ambulance stations, the flying doctor (in regional and remote centres), clinics and medical centres – the facilities that are […]

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