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Sydney needs more boarding houses

April 9th, 2018 · No Comments · Construction, Government, Guest appearance, Housing, Housing conditions, Housing supply, Marginal rental, Planning, Private rental, Sydney

By Matthew Benson, UNSW Built Environment Masters candidate and town planning consultant. Originally published in the Sydney Morning Herald. I was a town planner at the former City of South Sydney in the mid-nineties when brothels became legal. Brothel operators could apply to legalise brothels that had been operating for decades. I remember someone objecting […]

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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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Affordable housing policy failure still being fuelled by flawed analysis

March 15th, 2018 · No Comments · Affordability, Affordable housing, Construction, Government, Guest appearance, Housing, Housing supply, Planning

By Nicole Gurran, University of Sydney; Bill Randolph, UNSW; Peter Phibbs, University of Sydney; Rachel Ong, Curtin University, and Steven Rowley, Curtin University. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Australia has a housing affordability problem. There’s no doubt about that. Unfortunately, one of the reasons the problem has become so […]

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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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‘Affordable Rental Housing Targets’ – How do the Greater Sydney Commission proposals match up to US practices?

January 22nd, 2018 · No Comments · Affordable housing, Construction, Government, Guest appearance, Housing, Housing supply, Planning, Sydney, urban renewal

By Richard Drdla, Richard Drdla Associates, Toronto, Canada. We asked Richard, an expert on planning for affordable housing in North America, for his views on the Greater Sydney Commission’s recent policy proposals for ‘affordable rental housing targets’ . Richard compares various aspects of the GSC proposals, as set out in its October 2017 ‘Information Note’, with the corresponding ‘inclusionary zoning’ (IZ) practices […]

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Visioning varieties of “mixed tenure” development  

December 1st, 2017 · No Comments · Affordable housing, Construction, Housing, Planning, Social housing, Strata, urban renewal

By Ryan van den Nouwelant and Hal Pawson, City Futures Research Centre. Originally published on The Fifth Estate. Mixed tenure – that is, mixing subsidised housing (social or affordable rental) with market housing – is an increasingly common feature of urban redevelopment. How best to do it, though, depends on what you are trying to […]

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Vanguarding Newcastle

November 23rd, 2017 · No Comments · Cities, Guest appearance, Planning, Public space, urban renewal

  By Dr Ori Gudes, Research Fellow, City Futures Research Centre, UNSW, Emily Davies O’Sullivan, Willana Urban, Newcastle, and Associate Professor M. Hank Haeusler, Computational Design, UNSW. Earlier this month 50 rising urban planners and leaders from cities across the globe converged in Newcastle, NSW, for Vanguard Australia. Organised by NextCityOrg, this was the first of […]

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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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