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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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A critical academic response to the evidence-free debate on planning reform

August 20th, 2020 · No Comments · Affordability, Government, Guest appearance, Housing, Housing supply, Planning

By Malcolm Tait and Andy Inch, University of Sheffield. Originally published on CaCHE Blog. Republished with an introduction by Bill Randolph, City Futures Research Centre. This blog summarises ‘The Wrong Answers to the Wrong Questions‘, a major new report from the UK that brings together a veritable “who’s who” of UK academic planners and those […]

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Healthy built environments: reinforcing the critical role of local planning in times of challenge

June 10th, 2020 · No Comments · Pandemic, Planning, Wellbeing

By Susan Thompson, City Futures Research Centre. This article originally appeared in New Planner – the journal of the New South Wales planning profession – published by the Planning Institute of Australia. For more information, please visit: www.planning.org.au/news/new-planner-nsw 2020 had barely begun and Australia was in the midst of the worst bushfire season in living memory. Searing heat across the […]

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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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Australian cities pay the price for blocking council input to projects that shape them

December 17th, 2019 · No Comments · Government, Guest appearance, Planning, Productivity, Sydney

By Mike Harris, Lecturer in Landscape Architecture and Urban Design, Faculty of Built Environment, UNSW. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. National, state and city governments aspire to increase prosperity through globally competitive and more liveable cities. Through “world class” infrastructure, buildings and public spaces they aim […]

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Greening for a resilient 21st century

November 19th, 2019 · No Comments · Cities, Government, Planning, Sustainability, Wellbeing

By Susan Thompson, City Futures Research Centre. Originally published in New Planner, the journal of the New South Wales planning profession, published by the Planning Institute of Australia. The great green city of the future is ecologically and economically resilient; it’s made up of healthy, livable neighborhoods where the benefits of nature are available to […]

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Healthy built environments – considerations for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

August 21st, 2019 · No Comments · Indigenous, Planning, Wellbeing

By Professor Susan Thompson, City Futures Research Centre. Originally published in New Planner – the journal of the New South Wales planning profession – published by the Planning Institute of Australia.  For over 60,000 years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enjoyed a remarkably harmonious relationship with the natural environment that provided all their physical and spiritual needs, keeping them […]

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Build to rent could shake up real estate but won’t take off without major tax changes

July 8th, 2019 · No Comments · Affordability, Affordable housing, Construction, Economy, Government, Housing, Housing conditions, Housing supply, International, Law, Planning, Private rental, Sydney, Tax, urban renewal

By Hal Pawson, City Futures Research Centre. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. In the wake of slumping demand for apartment building, it’s little wonder the multi-unit housing industry has been eagerly eyeing a possible new residential product: “build-to-rent”. In fact, the latest figures show that […]

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