City Futures Research Centre

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NSW Premier Mike Baird's $1 billion fund is the first significant initiative to reverse affordable housing shortages in Australia since the 2008, write Hal Pawson and Vivienne Milligan.

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As Australia confronts a rush to high-rise living, UNSW is launching the country's first Masters degree in urban renewal and housing, aimed at the planners and policymakers of the future.

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The urban renewal boosted by new strata laws is likely to be concentrated in Sydney's eastern and inner suburbs with the western suburbs likely to miss out, a new City Futures report shows.

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The growing gap between those who are enjoying the wealth and opportunities and those who are being left behind is no more evident than in our suburbs, writes Bill Randolph.

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The changes we can expect under the new Greater Sydney Commission and Urban Growth NSW portfolios will be the focus of discussions marking the 10th anniversary of UNSW’s City Futures Research Centre.

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Provision of affordable housing cannot be left to the market: it requires a commitment of government at all levels to develop well-integrated and properly funded policies, write Bill Randolph, Hal Pawson and Vivienne Milligan.

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The world could be “on the cusp of a return to the Renaissance-style City State,” with two-thirds of our population living in a city by 2050, Business Council of Australia chief executive Jennifer Westacott has told a UNSW audience.

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Much of our planning policy relies on older people moving into smaller dwellings. But UNSW research shows downsizing is having little attraction for retirees.  

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Urban planning needs to address key barriers to downsizing, with fewer than one in 10 older people currently moving to smaller homes.

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Older and less able residents who are having difficulty improving access to their flats are to benefit from the findings of UNSW research.

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