June 2016
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Developing a Rental Vulnerability Index for Queensland

CFRC has recently started work on a rental vulnerability index for Tenants Queensland, who provide legal services and advise to renters across the state.  This project will involve conceptually defining rental vulnerability and building an online tool for TQ to use in their service planning.  The work will incorporate the Centre’s extensive expertise on rental issues based on the work of Chris Martin and Hal Pawson (see City Housing), and at to our emerging capacities in visualising data in an interactive environment (see CityViz). Led by Dr Laurence Troy (pictured), the team also includes Chris Martin, Chris Pettit and Hal Pawson.

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Urban renewal scenario modelling

Kensington and Kingsford town centres are very well located in South-East Sydney with good local service provision and CBD connectivity. The anticipated 2018 completion of the SE Sydney light rail project is a new factor compounding pressure for local growth and densification. Against this backdrop, CFRC is investigating potential scenarios for urban renewal in this area. Our approach combines an economic feasibility model under different planning controls and assessment of a set of urban living indicators. The output will be a socio-economic framework to revise planning controls in the area, assuring economic development with quality of life.

The project, being undertaken in partnership with Randwick City Council, involves the development and use of high quality mapping and visualisation in platforms that allow stakeholders interactions. Project outputs should provide some significant evidence-based input to the international design competition for the same area, to be launched by Council in July 2016. Led by Prof Chris Pettit and Dr Simone Leao (pictured), the project research team also includes Dr Laurence Troy, Dr Scott Lieske, and Prof Bill Randolph.

Revisiting a classic

May 2016 saw the Routledge publication of an edited collection by Edgar Liu and Built Environment Faculty Associate Dean of Research, Robert Freestone. Their new book Place and Placelessness Revisited is a multi-disciplinary contemporary interpretation of Ted Relph’s classic 1976 geography text, Place and Placelessness.

The new volume revisits some of Relph’s key concepts. It discusses their relevance and applications in our contemporary world; in western, eastern and southern societies alike, and at different geographical scales. Contributors include several City Futures staff (Hazel Easthope and Laura Crommelin along with Edgar) – our former staff and associates, but also colleagues from elsewhere in the Faculty, and from University of Melbourne, University College London, University of Toronto, and University of Huddersfield.

Inputting to SAHF Expert Advisory Committee

City Futures’ affordable housing specialist, Associate Professor Vivienne Milligan has been appointed to an Expert Advisory Committee advising the NSW Department of Planning and Environment on how to help maximise the impact of the NSW Government’s ground-breaking Social and Affordable Housing Fund (SAHF). In its first phase of operation, the SAHF aims to deliver 3,000 social and affordable housing dwellings over the next three years, via non-government providers who build on their own land. In return providers will qualify for a public subsidy for up to 25 years. The Committee – comprising members with local government, planning, development, finance and affordable housing expertise – is considering the suitability of current planning approval pathways and possible alternative approaches to the delivery of affordable housing. It will report before the first SAHF contracts are due to be awarded later in 2016.

Greening global cities – a CFRC voice in the debate

City Wellbeing Program Head, Professor Susan Thompson was an invited panellist at the recent sell-out City of Sydney CityTalks ‘Greening Global Cities’. The focus was on the importance of green open space, particularly as cities densify and people seek more of their recreation in shared public spaces. Watch the entire event, including key note presentation by Mitchell J Silver, New York City Parks Commissioner, here.

Planning for healthy communities

Signalling the growing importance of the critical role that planners play in creating environments to support healthy lifestyles, the Planning Institute of Australia has just released a new national Position Statement ‘Planning for Healthy Communities’City Wellbeing Program Head, Professor Susan Thompson was delighted to contribute to the peer review of the Statement.

Centre staffing update

In the last quarter we saw significant changes in Centre personnel. We lost two experienced staff, with Dr Ilan Wiesel taking up a lectureship position at his alma mater, University of Melbourne, in their School of Geography; and Dr Shanaka Herath taking up a Vice Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Wollongong’s Faculty of Business. Both Ilan and Shanaka made numerous valuable contributions to CFRC projects during their years with us, and we wish them every success on their new adventures.
While the City Analytics program only formed in 2015, the team continues to grow. In May, we welcomed a PhD student from Arizona State University, Lindsay Conrow, who is here until early August working on bike analytics as part of the PLuS Alliance global exchange program. A software engineer from Intersect Australia Pty Ltd is also assisting the development of a dynamic online visualisation for mobility pattern, a project funded in partnership with the NSW Data Analytics Centre.

Last but not least, we congratulate Laura Crommelin, who had her PhD graduation ceremony in June. Laura was supervised by A/Prof Simon Pinnegar and Prof Robert Freestone.

CFRC books, refereed journal articles and other publications, Q2 2016

Burnley, I. H. (2016). Developments and Complementarities in International Migration Paradigms. Journal of International Migration and Integration, 17(1), 77-94.
Freestone, R., & Liu, E. (2016). Place and Placelessness Revisited (First ed.). R. Freestone, & E. Liu (Eds.), New York: Routledge
Kalantari, M., Rajabifard, A., Olfat, H., Pettit, C., & Keshtiarast, A. (2016). Automatic spatial metadata systems – the case of Australian urban research infrastructure network. Cartography and Geographic Information Science, 1-11
Liu, E. (2016). Placelessness and the Rigid Perception of Place Identities: Public Toilets as Multi-functional Places. In R. Freestone, & E. Y. Liu (Eds.), Place and Placelessness Revisited. 204-219. New York: Routledge
Liu, E., Freestone, R. (2016). Revisiting Place and Placelessness. In R. Freestone, & E. Liu (Eds.), Place and Placelessness Revisited. 1-19. New York: Routledge
Ong, K. L., De Silva, D., Boo, Y. L., Lim, E. H., Bodi, F., Alahakoon, D., Zarpelon Leao, S. (2016). Big Data Applications in Engineering and Science. In S. Yu, & S. Guo (Eds.), Big Data Concepts, Theories, and Applications (pp. 315-351). Springer International Publishing
Sabri, S., Rajabifard, A., Ho, S., Namazi-Rad, M., Pettit, C. (2015). Alternative Planning and Land Administration for Future Smart Cities [Leading Edge]. IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, 34(4), 33-73
Thompson, S., McCue, P. (2016). Healthy Planning: An Evolving Collaborative Partnership. Urban Policy and Research, 34(1), 73-89
Troy, L. J. (2016). Making Nature and Money in the East Perth Redevelopment. In N. Cook, A. Davison, & L. Crabtree (Eds.), Housing and Home Unbound Intersections in Economics, Environment and Politics in Australia. New York: Routledge.
Troy, L., Easthope, H., Randolph, B., & Pinnegar, S. (2016). ‘It depends what you mean by the term rights’: strata termination and housing rights. Housing Studies, 1-16.
Van den Nouwelant, R., Crommelin, L., Herath, S., Randolph, B. (2016). Housing affordability, central city economic productivity and the lower income labour market. AHURI Final Report No. 261; Melbourne: AHURI
Wiesel, I., Bigby, C. (2016). Mainstream, Inclusionary, and Convivial Places: Locating Encounters Between People with and Without Intellectual Disabilities. Geographical Review, 106(2), 201-214
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