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Recess is a time of conflict for children. Here are 6 school design tips to keep the peace

July 25th, 2022 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Dr Fatemeh Aminpour, City Futures Research Centre. Originally published at The Conversation. Conflict is one of the main barriers to children’s play during school recess. Research has found students experience an average of one conflict at recess every three minutes. My own research shows how well-designed school grounds can reduce conflict and help vulnerable students take part in recess […]

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Unravelling the paradox of social housing demand

May 26th, 2022 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Prof Hal Pawson. A version of this story was originally published in The Conversation. Read the original version here. Despite its prominence in the election, housing affordability campaign debate remained largely one-sided. Plenty was said about the very real challenges faced by first home buyers and by homeowners already mortgaged to the hilt. But […]

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Housing affordability takes a global hit from COVID-19

March 25th, 2022 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Hal Pawson; CFRC With newly released evidence of slowing house price inflation in early 2022, it may be that Australia’s latest property boom is subsiding. Especially with higher interest rates expected within months that seems highly likely. But any plateau or even gentle decline will be starting from property values dramatically higher than before […]

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States’ social housing boom no substitute for Federal funding commitment

December 6th, 2021 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Hal Pawson. This story first appeared in the Fifth Estate – read the original story here. As tens of thousands prepare to take a financial hit with the end of COVID-related disaster payments, our new research shows that renters on low and modest incomes are already in the grip of a housing pincer, especially […]

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Why Housing Emergency Must Shift Australian Politics

November 24th, 2021 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Professor Duncan Maclennan, Honorary Professor, City Futures Research Centre. First published on Pearls and Irritations. Read the original article here In June 2021 OECD Secretary General Mathias Cormann, former Australian Finance Minister, launched a landmark report outlining how unbalanced housing markets now impede inclusive growth. As our own research reveals, Australia is emerging as […]

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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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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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Tracking social cohesion in an evolving neighbourhood

December 17th, 2020 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Hazel Easthope, Edgar Liu, Sian Thompson & Alessandra BuxtonCity Futures Research Centre, UNSW Sydney Sydney’s inner-south has been growing both in population and in popularity in recent years. As more new residents move to these areas, there is an opportunity for local government to understand how residents interact and what these urban renewal sites […]

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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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