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(Trust Deed 2012)

Our 2017 Annual Lecture - Citizens Taking Back the City

Wednesday 1st November, 2017

Lecture recording (audio);

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The great concentration of fiscal power in the Commonwealth makes Australia unusual in the developed world. We tend to look to Canberra for quick fixes to our transport, housing and other urban problems, whereas most of our peer countries are pursuing devolution of responsibilities and tax raising to local constituencies. Does Australia's centralised approach to urban policy stifle innovation, stoke inequality and impede our capacity to mitigate and adapt to climate change? This talk makes the case for a metropolitan sphere of governance in Australia and proposes a reform pathway to this end. The recording of this Lecture is included below and on our resources page.

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About Marcus Spiller
Marcus is a founding partner of SGS and a distinguished Urban Economist and Planner with more than 25 years experience consulting for local and state governments, previously advising the Minister for Planning and Housing in Victoria and Lecturing in Urban Economics at Melbourne University. More information about Marcus is available from his staff profile.

Date: Wednesday the 1st November
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre 208, The Veterinary Science Conference Centre.
Regimental Drive, The University of Sydney view map
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The New York City Housing Market & Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning

Wednesday 16th August, 2017

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New York City as central platform of its New York Affordable Housing Plan adopted Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning in early 2016. The evolution of inclusionary zoning policy from a voluntary to mandatory program is an important story in New York City Housing Policy. Mark will provide some background about the New York Housing market and explain some of the economic analysis behind the development of the policy. Dr Willis has kindly made his presentation slides accessible to our audience. You can view them from the link below and access them in future on our Resources page.

Dr Willis' presentation slides

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About Mark Willis
Dr Mark Willis is the Senior Policy Fellow at the NYU Furman Center. Before joining the NYU Furman Center, Mark was a Visiting Scholar at the Ford Foundation. Prior to his time at Ford, he spent 19 years at JPMorgan Chase overseeing its community development program. Mark has also held positions with the City of New York in economic development, tax policy, and housing, where he was the Deputy Commissioner for Development at the Department of Housing Preservation and Development. Mark has a B.A. in economics from Yale University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a Ph.D. in urban economics and industrial organization from Yale University.

Date: Wednesday the 16th August
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Venue: LT 4 in the Chemistry Building, Eastern avenue, view map
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The Fourth Festival of Urbanism

Tuesday 1st - Saturday 12th August, 2017

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The Festival of Urbanism is back in August for its fourth annual event, brought to you by the Henry Halloran Trust and The School of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney. The Festival programme details two weeks of public seminars bringing together Urban Planning research, practice and the community. Please note that some events are free while others are paid tickets available through the Festival of Urbanism website. The following is a short blurb from the organisers of the Festival;

Cities are more than their physical and spatial form, cities are also patterns of living. By looking deeper into the historical, political and economic forces that make up urban life, we create opportunities to ask questions and improve our knowledge to inform decision making. Good planning will confront its basic beliefs and respond with strategic direction. Join us for talks and conversations with researchers, industry professionals and community leaders, and help challenge practice to create new approaches to maximise public interest and benefits.

Please join us for the Launch event on Monday 31st July.
At the New Sydney Nanoscience Hub, University of Sydney;

Sydney Nanoscience Hub

Date: Monday 31st July
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Venue: Sydney Nanoscience Hub (pictured above), Lecture Theatre 4002 view map
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Increasing affordable housing supply: What can governments do?

Tuesday 18th July, 2017

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This is an event organised by our Urban Housing Lab incubator program. A panel will present key findings from an AHURI Inquiry into the range of strategies and initiatives that governments have used to leverage affordable housing supply in constrained funding and increasingly market driven contexts. It focuses on outcomes in the UK, where there has been much policy concern and experimentation, specifically in relation to use of planning system tools to leverage new affordable housing supply, and in Australia, where governments have implemented a range of strategies, policies and programs to support affordable housing supply over the past decade.

Speakers include:
Professor Ken Gibb (Policy Scotland / University of Glasgow Associate)
Professor Steven Rowley (Curtin University)
Professor Nicole Gurran (University of Sydney)
Professor Bill Randolph (University of New South Wales)

Date: Tuesday the 18th July
Time: 6:10pm - 8:00pm
Venue: Wilkinson Building (G04), Lecture Theatre 250 view map
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"Disruptive Urbanism" with the Urban Housing Lab

Tuesday 27th June, 2017

The emergence of the "sharing economy" and the "disruptive technologies" that underpin this new movement have profound yet largely unexamined implications for cities and urban policy. Advocates of this movement claim that they can 'solve' problems such as urban congestion and unaffordable housing by unleashing spare capacity within existing homes, offices, and transport systems through services such as Airbnb (short term accommodation), (office space) and Uber (ridesharing). However, research on these practices and the ways in which urban policy makers might respond remains very limited.

Speakers include:
Professor Robyn Dowling (University of Sydney)
Dr Tooran Alizadeh and Dr Somwrita Sarkar (University of Sydney)
Richard Hu (University of Canberra)
Darren Sharp (Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute)
Professor Nicole Gurran (University of Sydney) (Convenor and MC)

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Date: Tuesday the 27th June
Time: 6:00pm
Venue: Wilkinson Building (G04), Lecture Theatre 250
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The Housing Theory Symposium and Dallas Roger's new paper

Thursday 1st June, 2017

Dallas ROGERS paper

Resident Involvement in Urban Development in Sydney. Rogers et al. (2017)

Coinciding with the Trust's sponsorship of the 2017 Housing Theory Symposium, we are happy to announce the release of Dallas Rogers' new Blue Sky report on Resident Involvement in Urban Development in Sydney. The report documents some of the changing political strategies underpinning the consultative process of acquiring resident input and approval for new developments.

Dallas is part of the organising committee of the Housing Theory Symposium (HTS), which features keynote presentations from Prof. Pauline McGuirk and Dr Rae Dufty-Jones. The symposium will be held at the Darlington Centre at the University of Sydney and is hosted by the Trust's 2015 incubator project; the Urban Housing Lab.

View the HTS programme here   →

The Fourth Urban Research Festival

Thursday 11th May, 2017

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Please join us as we showcase some of the research that the Trust has supported and celebrate a book launch by one of our Speakers. The line up at this year's event include Keiran Thomas, Dallas Rogers and Patrick Harris. Dallas' new book "The Geopolitics of Real Estate: Reconfiguring Property, Capital and Rights" will be formally launched prior to the lectures.

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Hear from our Urban Housing Lab Practitioner in Residence – Keiran Thomas. Keiran will discuss how The NSW Government is using codification to encourage housing supply in Sydney. The codification is designed to override local housing design, volume and location controls, where these are perceived to obstruct higher residential density. Kieran's paper, recently received the Chief Commissioner's Award for Research and Innovation, at the Greater Sydney Planning Awards.

Dallas Rogers from the School of Architecture Design and Planning will discuss his research on Agonistic community engagement in planning: 'Understanding community knowledge, community demand and structural constraints'.

Patrick Harris, from the Menzies Centre for Health Policy, will present on research investigating how health impacts were covered in four major transport infrastructure project Environmental Assessments (Westconnex M4 East, NorthConnex, and the Sydney CBD & South-East Light Rail in NSW, and the 2010 Darlington Upgrade in South Australia) and make recommendations for future policy, practice and research.

Date: Thursday the 11th May
Time: Arrive 6:00pm for Dallas Roger's Book launch.
Refreshments will be served.
Venue: Wilkinson Building (G04), Lecture Theatre 250 view map
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Global visitors, local homes: A roundtable discussion on short term rental accommodation, housing supply, and planning

Wednesday 5th April, 2017

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"Home-sharing" with fee paying visitors via online platforms such as Airbnb can bring new income for “hosts” and their neighbourhoods, but unplanned tourism also raises concerns for local residents and may put pressure on local housing supply. Understanding and responding to these risks without extinguishing potential opportunities or benefits arising from the many different forms of home-sharing which are now emerging (from renting a bed, room, whole apartment or house), is a growing challenge for city planners throughout the world. This round table discussion canvasses views about impacts of home-sharing for local neighbourhoods and housing markets, and the ways in which local and State governments as well as home-sharing platforms and hosts, might respond.

Date: Wednesday the 5th April
Time: 6:00pm to 7:45pm
Venue: LT 101, New Law Building (F10), Eastern avenue view map
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The Planning System and Aboriginal Australia: Where are we at and how can we change it?

Monday 20th March, 2017

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Over the last five years the planning systems in NSW and other Australian states has delivered billions of dollars of value to many landowners but failed in delivering much value to Aboriginal Australia. This is despite the fact that NSW Aboriginal Land Councils are major land owners in NSW thanks to the NSW Aboriginal Land Rights Act (1983). The Henry Halloran Trust is involved in an ongoing project on improving outcomes for NSW Local Aboriginal Land Councils and this event is the first of a number of events it will hold this year. This first event will bring two leading scholars in this space Janice Barry from Canada and Libby Porter from RMIT in Melbourne, recent co-authors of a ground breaking book on planning systems and indigenous rights. You will also hear from Tanya Koeneman Specialist Policy Advisor Department of Planning and Environment, who is helping to lead a cross NSW Government initiative on improving outcomes for NSW Local Aboriginal Land Councils. And most importantly you will hear from staff from Land Councils describing their interactions with the NSW Planning system.

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About Janice Barry
Janice Barry is an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba's Department of City Planning, in Winnipeg, Canada. She holds a PhD in Community and Regional Planning from the University of British Columbia and held previous positions at the University of Sheffield and University of Glasgow. She has published in several leading planning journals and is the author, with Libby Porter, of Planning for Coexistence? Recognizing Indigenous rights through land-use planning in Canada and Australia (Routledge, 2016).

Her current research examines the intergovernmental agreements and planning relationships that are beginning to emerge between Indigenous peoples and local governments in Canada. She is also collaborating with colleagues in Aotearoa New Zealand to draw connections to Maori experiences of urban development. In Canada, these relationships are often set within a context of ongoing attempts to address unfulfilled treaty promises and the resultant opportunities for Indigenous peoples to acquire lands in urban areas. Janice's research questions the degree to which these agreements can be understood as foundations of nation-to-nation planning relationships – or, conversely, as new forms of "municipal colonialism", with significant tensions over land use, taxation and servicing.

Janice coordinates the University of Manitoba’s "Indigenous Planning Studio", an intensive service- learning course (module/paper) that partners with three to four Manitoba First Nation per year and engages postgraduate students in land and community planning issues that have been identified by the First Nation communities. She is also an active member of Manitoba Institute of Professional Planners and has been working her students and professional planning colleagues to highlight innovative approaches to planning with Indigenous peoples and Indigenous sovereignty.

Date: Monday the 20th March
Time: 1:00pm to 5:15pm
Venue: Darlington Centre, Conference Room, 174 City Road view map
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Celebrating Kieran's success

Monday 27th February, 2017

Kieran THOMAS paper

Housing Supply Outcomes From Codification in Sydney. Thomas (2016)

We're proud to kick off the year by celebrating the success of our most recent Practitioner in Residence, Kieran Thomas. Kieran's paper, permanently accessible on our Resources page, recently received the Chief Commissioner's Award for Research and Innovation, at the Greater Sydney Planning Awards. We would like to congratulate Kieran on his success and invite you to view a copy of his award-winning paper.

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