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Shade: bringing planners and health professionals together to provide critical infrastructure

October 5th, 2021 · No Comments · Cities, Planning, Wellbeing

By Prof Susan Thompson, Liz King, Jan Fallding and Nicola Groskops. Originally published in New Planner, the journal of the Planning Institute of Australia (NSW Division). Increasingly communities are rightly demanding a built environment that makes it easy for everyone to be healthy and well as they go about their daily activities.  This is related […]

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Exiting prison with complex support needs: the role of housing assistance

August 23rd, 2021 · No Comments · Housing

By Dr Chris Martin, Dr Rebecca Reeve, Assoc Prof Ruth McCausland and Prof Eileen Baldry (UNSW), Pat Burton and Prof Rob White (UTas), and Prof Stuart Thomas (RMIT). One of the classic metaphors for exiting prison is ‘going home’. However, more than half of people exiting Australian prisons either expect to be homeless or don’t […]

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Does the 5km radius make sense? Analysing the NSW government COVID-19 response

August 18th, 2021 · No Comments · Data, Government, Pandemic, Sydney, Transport

By Nemanja Nikolic, Research Assistant and MPhil Candidate, City Futures Research Centre. In an attempt to control the spread of the virus, state governments have gradually introduced various spatial measures and limitations in local hot-spot areas across the country. The goal of such restrictions is targeted at reducing people’s mobility and avoiding potential spill-overs to […]

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Boasting about budget expenditure numbers does not make for a housing policy

August 16th, 2021 · No Comments · Government, Housing

By Vivienne Milligan, Honorary Professor, City Futures Research Centre. Originally published at Pearls and Irritations, John Menadue’s Public Policy Journal. The Federal Minister for Housing and Homelessness, Michael Sukkar, is fond of quoting large numbers when quizzed on what his government is doing to address Australia’s enduring housing crisis.  So, we hear for instance that […]

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Impact of pedestrian network barriers on walkability: a Cooks River case study

August 6th, 2021 · No Comments · Bikes, Data, Planning, Sydney, Transport, Uncategorized

By Josephine Roper, PhD student, City Futures Research Centre. Urban rivers can provide welcome open space, a cooling effect, scenic beauty and recreation opportunities, but can also be barriers to movement. Bridges are relatively expensive pieces of road infrastructure so are generally spaced out, rather than crossing a river at every possible point. But in […]

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Here comes PlanTech to help transform our cities – but how?

August 2nd, 2021 · No Comments · Data, Planning, Uncategorized

By Claire Daniel, Jago Dodson, Chris Pettit and Audrey Marsh. Originally published by The Fifth Estate. Big data, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and platform technologies are now common terms in our vernacular. But what do they all mean for the complex task of planning sustainable cities?  We have seen the recent emergence of FinTech, LegalTech […]

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Digital disruption in planning – survey results of planners’​ perspectives

May 12th, 2021 · No Comments · Guest appearance, Planning

By Claire Daniel, Scientia PhD Scholar, UNSW. In 2019 we conducted a survey of practicing Australian planners to collect their perspectives on technology use in the profession and anticipated change. The results have now been published in a peer-reviewed article in Australian Planner co-authored with Professor Chris Pettit. I would like to share the highlights with you […]

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New research project: regulation of residential tenancies and impacts on investment

May 4th, 2021 · No Comments · Private rental

Residential tenancies laws across Australia are on a broadly common ‘consumer protection’ model, but with many differences in the details, including coverage of marginal tenures, notice periods, termination grounds and processes. States’ and territories’ reform processes have mostly been unco-ordinated, and significant divergences and gaps have opened up in the law, particularly for interstate landlords. […]

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States housed 40,000 people for the COVID emergency. Now rough sleeper numbers are back on the up

February 11th, 2021 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Hal Pawson and Chris Martin. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Read the full report, ‘COVID-19: rental housing and homelessness impacts – an initial analysis‘. Australian governments acted to protect homeless people from COVID-19 in 2020 on an even larger scale than previously thought. […]

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Dealing with apartment defects: a how-to guide for strata owners and buyers

December 14th, 2020 · No Comments · Housing, Housing conditions, Strata, Uncategorized

By Sian Thompson, UNSW; Bill Randolph, UNSW; Hazel Easthope, UNSW; Laura Crommelin, UNSW, and Martin Loosemore, University of Technology Sydney. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. If you own an apartment – or are thinking of buying one – the recent news about building quality […]

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