For the better part of a decade, some commentators have warned that we are living in a real estate bubble that will inevitably and—very shortly—burst. But as housing prices continue to soar and wages stagger behind inflation, others argue that the historical upward trend in house prices will prevail.
In a culture obsessed with hardcore, much of the soft-core urbanism that was once viewed as scandalous is barely perceived as transgressive in today’s sexscapes. The presence of hardcore representations of sex has normalised the soft-core qualities that now occupy many parts of urban life.
Design plays a critical role in the rollout of smart city technologies and their acceptance by the end users. Drawing on the field of user experience design, the book Making Cities Smarter introduces a human-centered design framework for interactive applications that provide an interface between citizens and smart city systems.
The inner city and middle ring suburbs a target area for growth in both Sydney and Melbourne. What should medium density look like in Sydney? What is this strategy aiming to achieve? what are the implications for communities? and how do we measure success?
Sydney – We Need to Talk is a collection of short interventions about the politics of urbanisation. This illustrated book is an experiment with collaborative short-form writing. Each co-authored piece involves a dialogue between both people and places dealing with themes from displacement and digitalisation to decommodification and democratization.
The displacement of poor and low-income people from secure and affordable housing is one of the defining issues of contemporary urbanization. How are citizens organising themselves and what kind of actions are they taking in response to processes such as eviction, gentrification, privatization and touristification?
Book Launch: Champions of Change - Shelter NSW, community activism and transforming NSW’s housing system
Champions of Change is the history of Shelter’s 40 years as the housing justice peak in NSW, the role of activism from which Shelter grew in the 1970s is centre stage – from the Green Bans and squatters in to the 70s, through street protests against Housing Ministers, to recent struggles at Millers Point. It asks how an advocacy peak that grew out of direct housing struggles, can continue to be a Champion of Change.
Melbourne Walking Tour: Vertical Melbournism – A critical appraisal of recent tall buildings in Central Melbourne
Melbourne is currently the fastest growing city in Australia and is on track to build as many tall buildings in 10 years, as in the preceding 60 years. Taller, skinnier, closer. What do we as citizens make of the contribution of these buildings to our city?
Through a process of decoding and untangling the city, this tour will explore contemporary Sydney and discuss the underlying political, economic, ecological and cultural forces that give the city form.
We will focus on the defining urban and architectural elements of Sydney’s George Street and CBD including the master works of FJMT, Ingenhoven Architects, Denton Corker Marshall, Harry Seidler and the Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate, Renzo Piano.
Sydney Walking Tour: Underground and Over the Top: Infrastructure as Art, Landscape and Urban Heritage
Sydney is in the midst of an infrastructure building boom. Such projects are highly contested because they remake the city at a landscape scale. Individual buildings come and go, but major transport projects restructure patterns of movement, dwelling and work. Led by Cameron Logan and including an artist’s talk by Chris Fox, creator of Interloop. This tour will raise questions about the intersections of creativity, design and conservation.
Footscray is one of Melbourne’s most artistically rich and culturally diverse suburbs. With a population forecast to grow by 140% by 2031 and significant investment in high density housing, the future of the area is in question. Join the Monash Student Planning and Urban Design Society (SPUDS) as they lead a tour along with people shaping the future of Footscray.
Green Square urban renewal area stretches 300 hectares which will
be transformed for a permanent population of 61,000 people by 2030. Dr Keane will discuss the key strategic and development decisions that are transforming the site.
How can land use investigation and analysis inform Local Aboriginal Land Council's decision making to suit the needs of their community?
How can understanding the natural and human-made water ‘systems’ of low-lying coastal cities facilitate the building of adaptive precincts towards long-term urban resilience?
As Melbourne’s population booms, the middle ring has seen comparatively little change. Can we plan and design the middle suburbs for housing choice and opportunity while maintaining neighbourhood character?