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Why public housing is stigmatised and how we can fix it

August 7th, 2020 · No Comments · Housing, Social housing, Uncategorized

Alistair Sisson, UNSW and Pratichi Chatterjee, University of Sydney Social and public housing is intensely stigmatised in Australia and has been for several decades. Estates in particular are often labelled “ghettos”, framed as places of danger, drugs and vice. This stigma can lead to discrimination against tenants and can harm their sense of self-worth, as […]

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A dog’s breakfast? Why rental pet reform is needed

August 5th, 2020 · No Comments · Government, Guest appearance, Housing, Private rental, Strata, Tenancy

By Ebony Stansfield, UNSW Newsroom. Originally published by UNSW Newsroom. NSW pet tenancy laws do not reflect the needs of society, with strata by-laws impacting the vulnerable, say UNSW experts. As COVID-19 restricted them to working from home, Alexandra Foster and her partner decided it would be perfect to foster an animal. This is when […]

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Quality of life in high-density apartments varies. Here are 6 ways to improve it

May 29th, 2020 · No Comments · Cities, Guest appearance, Housing, Housing conditions, Planning, Public space, Strata, urban renewal, Wellbeing

By Hazel Easthope, UNSW; Laura Crommelin, UNSW; Laurence Troy, University of Sydney, and Megan Nethercote, RMIT University. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. We’re building a lot of apartments in Australia. High-density precincts are being developed across our major cities. But these buildings and neighbourhoods […]

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Australia can, and must, build the post-pandemic recovery with more social housing

May 22nd, 2020 · No Comments · Affordability, Affordable housing, Government, Guest appearance, Housing, Housing supply, Pandemic, Social housing, urban renewal

By Bill Randolph, City Futures Research Centre, and Wendy Hayhurst, Community Housing Industry Association. Originally published on John Menadue’s Pearls and Irritations. The Australian Treasurer has acknowledged that boosting infrastructure spend would be a good way to kickstart our country’s recovery from the current pandemic. What follows is a reasoned case for that infrastructure spend […]

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Coronavirus lays bare 5 big housing system flaws to be fixed

May 12th, 2020 · No Comments · Affordability, Affordable housing, Construction, Economy, Government, Guest appearance, Housing, Housing supply, Pandemic, Social housing, Tenancy, urban renewal

By Hal Pawson, City Futures Research Centre UNSW, and Peter Mares, Monash University. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Australians had become used to walking past rough sleepers. Policymakers too, seemed unmoved by the people huddled in doorways or sheltering in parks under plastic sheets. […]

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City Dashboards in a time of COVID-19

April 28th, 2020 · No Comments · Cities, Data, Demographics, Economy, Housing, Pandemic, Wellbeing

By Chris Pettit, City Futures Research Centre. In an era of digitisation and smart cities we have seen the rise of city dashboards. These dashboards provide important information in the forms of graphs, charts and maps and hold the promise of better management and planning our cities. There is also an expectation that dashboards will […]

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We must act on homelessness before COVID-19 winter

April 26th, 2020 · No Comments · Housing, Pandemic

By Anne O’Brien and Hal Pawson The homeless need to be in housing before winter sets in and while the renewed spread of COVID-19 remains a threat. Without this, people could be dying without any support. And because rough sleepers often live in close proximity to each other, unable to keep clean or wash their […]

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Rents can and should be reduced or suspended for the coronavirus pandemic

April 8th, 2020 · No Comments · Affordability, Economy, Government, Housing, Law, Tenancy, Uncategorized

By Chris Martin, City Futures Research Centre. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. The National Cabinet announced a moratorium on evictions just over a week ago in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As government ministers and commentators have tried to make clear, it’s intended only […]

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Why housing evictions must be suspended to defend us against coronavirus

March 23rd, 2020 · No Comments · Economy, Government, Guest appearance, Housing, Law, Money, Pandemic, Wellbeing

Antonio Guillem/Shutterstock By Sophia Maalsen, University of Sydney; Chris Martin, UNSW; Dallas Rogers, University of Sydney, and Emma Power, Western Sydney University. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. The COVID-19 pandemic is a double crisis affecting public health and the economy. And both aspects are playing […]

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Reassembling the City: urban renewal and collective property sales

March 9th, 2020 · No Comments · Cities, Construction, Housing, Housing supply, International, Strata, Sydney, urban renewal

By Alistair Sisson, City Futures Research Centre. Cities are constantly being built, unbuilt and rebuilt, at an increasingly rapid rate. City-dwellers all over the world will be very familiar with the experience of seeing a row of houses or old apartment block transformed to something much taller, wider, and bulkier. But the process of assembling […]

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