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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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Room sharing is the new flat sharing

October 13th, 2017 · No Comments · Affordability, Cities, Guest appearance, Housing, Housing conditions, Marginal rental, Public space, Sydney, Wellbeing

“Looking for one girl to share a master room with another 3 girls.” Screenshot from Gumtree ad, August 19 2017, 11:58 , Author provided. By Christian Tietz, UNSW. Originally published on The Conversation. Christian’s exhibition of new work – DENSA: Exploring New Urban Equipment for Denser Living – will be on display throughout the Red Centre […]

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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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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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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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Sense of place: messier than it ever was, so how do we manage this shifting world?

September 30th, 2016 · No Comments · Cities, Planning, Public space, urban renewal

by Edgar Liu and Robert Freestone. Originally published at The Conversation.   Place is a crucial dimension of human meaning and relationships. It grounds us. Our attachments with multiple places are a significant part of our individual and group identities. At one level, these attachments reflect our values and aspirations, while at another level they […]

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All aboard for the Bankstown corridor – or just the lucky few?

September 21st, 2016 · 1 Comment · Affordability, Affordable housing, Cities, Construction, Demographics, Government, Housing supply, Planning, Public space, Transport, urban renewal

By Professor Bill Randolph, Director, City Futures Research Centre. This is an extended version of an article published by The Conversation. It would be easy to assume that the new Sydney Metro Rail project will create something of an urban paradise along the new Sydenham to Bankstown Urban Renewal Corridor through which it will run. […]

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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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