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Six lessons on how to make affordable housing funding work across Australia

February 14th, 2018 · No Comments · Affordable housing, Construction, Finance, Government, Housing supply, Social housing, urban renewal

New affordable housing development in Melbourne. Image: Ryan van den Nouwelant By Laurence Troy, Bill Randolph, Ryan van den Nouwelant and Vivienne Milligan, City Futures Research Centre. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. A suitable construction funding model is the critical missing ingredient needed to deliver more affordable housing in Australia. Aside from short-lived […]

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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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Facts sink glib housing supply mantra – the focus must be on affordable rental

November 21st, 2017 · No Comments · Affordability, Affordable housing, Cities, Finance, Government, Housing, Housing supply, Social housing, Sydney, urban renewal

By Hal Pawson, UNSW. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. As everyone supposedly knows, fixing housing unaffordability is simply a matter of boosting housing supply. But wait! With their just-published report on house-building and population growth, ANU academics Ben Phillips and Cukkoo Joseph have blown yet another hole in that […]

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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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This is why apartment living is different for the poor

August 21st, 2017 · No Comments · Affordability, Cities, Housing conditions, Strata, urban renewal

By Hazel Easthope, UNSW; Laura Crommelin, UNSW, and Laurence Troy, UNSW This article is the first in a series based on new research into the place of lower-income and disadvantaged households in a compact city. There’s been a lot of talk about apartment living of late. Whether it’s millennials who can’t afford to buy a […]

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Saving Sirius: why heritage protection should include social housing

July 28th, 2017 · No Comments · Government, Law, Social housing, Sydney, urban renewal

By Chris Martin, UNSW. Originally published on The Conversation. Campaigners to save Sydney’s landmark Sirius building from demolition had a significant legal win this week. Last year, the then state heritage minister, Mark Speakman, refused to list the Brutalist block of public housing apartments on the New South Wales Heritage Register. Doing so would reduce the […]

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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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