"Promoting academic, professional and public debate on critical issues through public lectures, and seminars."
(Trust Deed 2012)

New resources from the Housing NYC plan!

Thursday 17th November, 2016

Housing New York

Housing NYC: A Five-Borough, Ten-Year Plan

Our Director, Prof. Peter Phibbs, has recently returned from New York with resources and a short video for our audience from the ten year Housing New York City plan. The resources include the full ten year plan document, recent updates to the plan and details surrounding their Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning scheme. They will be permanently available on our Resources page. A short video detailing Professor Phibb's comparison between Sydney and New York's respective Housing affordability crises is embedded on the page as well, be sure to check it out!

View Prof. Phibbs' video !

The Central Sydney Planning Strategy

Wednesday 30th November, 2016

Recorded: The lecture recording for this is now available on our
Resources page in the videos section

The draft Central Sydney Planning Strategy 2012-2036 revises previous planning controls and attempts to deliver on the City of Sydney’s Sustainable Sydney 2030 program. The Strategy is the product of the most detailed review of city centre planning controls since the City’s first comprehensive planning strategy in 1971. The strategy supports opportunities for additional height and density in the right locations, balanced with environmental sustainability initiatives and sets criteria for excellence in urban design. Key priorities of the plan include prioritising employment growth and increasing capacity.

  • What’s it about?
  • What is it trying to do?
  • How will it be implemented?
  • How can you have your say?

Date: Wednesday 30th November
Time: 6:00pm, Refreshments served before and after the Lecture
Venue: Veterinary Science Conference Centre - Room 208, Regimental Drive, Camperdown NSW 2008

Registration now closed

Announcing our Fifth Practitioner-In-Residence's final paper


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

Sunday 06th November, 2016

We are proud to announce that Keiran Thomas, our fifth Practitioner-In-Residence in collaboration with our Incubator project the Urban Housing Lab, has released his full paper on the outcomes resulting from the codification of Housing supply data across greater Sydney. Keiran completed his PIR under the guidance of Professor Nicole Gurran from the UHL and our own Co-ordinator of the PIR program, Dr Michael Bounds. His report outlines the purposes and benefits to a codified approach and the possible impact this might have on the decisions of policy makers with regards to zoning of medium density housing.

Keiran's background is in NSW Government land use policy. He spent a decade with the NSW Department of Planning in major project assessment, assessment systems and strategic regional policy. This was followed by two years with the NSW Department of Industry managing coal seam gas licensing. He has qualifications in international urban planning, sustainable design and public administration and runs his own consultancy. You can view the full paper by clicking the cover below and you can find it permanently on our Resources page and under Keiran's profile on our Practitioner's-In-Residence program.

Towards a New Generation of Metropolitan Innovation Strategies?

Thursday 27th October, 2016

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Academic literature from the 1990’s has widely celebrated global cities and the creative class, in the aftermath of the end of the cold-war. In the past decade of global urbanisation following the Vancouver World Urban Forum in 2006, innovation has been all over the place. Smart cities, green cities, walkable cities... all have claimed to be the prime hotbeds of enhanced liveability and to attract human capital form the rest of the world.

While the new urban agenda discussed at Habitat III shows how multi-faceted are future urban priorities, it may be the time to pause and rethink our urban innovation priorities. Building on such projects as the "greater Paris" or the "greater Moscow" or on the quest for green leadership in the US, we will also explore how new forms of intercity and city/universities cooperation are paving the way for more pragmatic and more efficient metropolitan solutions. We won’t build tomorrow’s urbanisation just by pouring more capital in XXIst century style modernist cities and CBD’s...

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About Nicolas Buchoud
A trusted and skilled advocate of cities and their ability to invent a more sustainable future, Nicolas Buchoud, 41, has served for over 10 years in key public sector positions. He has been senior advisor for city mayors and to the elected President of the Greater Paris Region. In this Office, he contributed to reinforce the role of local governments in shaping the global climate agenda during COP15. As an expert, he has been involved in several research, business and civil society initiatives for COP21 as well as for Habitat III.

Nicolas Buchoud is currently chairing the Grand Paris Alliance, an award winning not for profit think-tank he co-founded in Paris in 2011 and where he leads collaborative research on transformative metropolitan strategies. Supported by several foundations and design groups worldwide, the Grand Paris Alliance has edited over 80 papers on metropolitan issues, auditioned over 150 experts and organized 5 international Forums. It gathers over 60 members from the public and private sectors in real estate, public development, technological innovation, including cleantechs and smart cities, as well as representatives of local governments, research, and financial sectors.

Date: Thursday the 27th October
Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm, refreshments served at 6:00pm
Venue: LT 250 Wilkinson Building, 148 City road Darlington, NSW 2008

Registration now closed

Women’s Travel North and South: Changing Societal Trends and the Travel Patterns

Tuesday 25th October, 2016


Women across the world have remarkably and persistently different travel patterns than comparable men. Governmental policies often fail to recognize or respond appropriately, sometimes making gender differences worse, especially in the Global South. Women are more impacted, generally negatively, than men by major societal trends like globalization, urbanization, motorization, and socio-demographic transitions because they have less access to better transport services and technologies, display very different travel patterns in which are embedded multiple domestic and parental responsibilities, and suffer more fear and anxiety in travel. These differences have far less traction among researchers and thus among policy makers than they should. How can we make both research and policy more responsive to the different needs of women in both developing and developed nations?


About Professor Sandra Rosenbloom
Dr. Sandra Rosenbloom is Professor of Community and Regional Planning at the University of Texas at Austin, USA and the Director of the Innovation in Infrastructure program at the Urban Institute, Washington, DC. She is an internationally recognised expert on the transportation impacts of major societal changes such as suburbanization, globalization, the aging of society, and the labor force participation of women with children. A major emphasis of her work is assessing the equity of transportation planning and financing policies. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Planning Association, one of the world’s leading planning and urban development journals.

Date: Tuesday the 25th October
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Venue: LT 104 New Law Building, Eastern Avenue, NSW 2008

Registration now closed

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This event is co-hosted alongside the Henry Halloran Trust's incubator project,
the Urban Housing Lab at the University of Sydney.

New research opportunities advertised

Three new research opportunities have been advertised within the Trust's 2015 incubator project, the Urban Housing lab. They include the four positions in total listed below (two R.A. positions). Visit our research page for more details and for links to the detailed role descriptions as well as the application processes.

  • A Practitioner in Residence opportunity, applications close 9th November 2016
  • 2 Research Associate opportunities, applications close 9th November 2016
  • A Visiting Professor/Scholar opportunity, applications close 5th December 2016

Jack Mundey and the Green Bans - Lessons for today and the future

Wednesday 19th October, 2016

The rocks, Sydney

As we look at Millers Point and the Rocks being transformed by the sell off by the current government, it is important to reflect on what the area could have looked like if the former Liberal premier, Bob Askin had got his way and how through the efforts of Jack Mundey and the green bans we were able to preserve such an important part of the city. As we look at the various current plans for Sydney we can't help but ask the question that was asked at the time of the green bans - Whose city is it?

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About the speakers;
Jim Colman is a Sydney based architect, planners and part time University lecturer. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects and the Planning Institute of Australia and has served as Vice President of the International Society of City and Regional Planners. His book " The House that Jack Built" (New South Books) was launched last month.

Kurt Iveson is Associate Professor of Urban Geography at the University of Sydney. He studies the relationship between cities and citizenship, and is currently conducting archival research on the Sydney green ban movement. He is also host of Down to Earth, a fortnightly discussion of urban environmental politics on Radio FBi, Co-Chair of the University of Sydney Cities Network, and President of the University of Sydney branch of the National Tertiary Education Union.

Date: Wednesday the 19th October
Time: 6:30pm-8pm, Refreshments served at 6pm
Venue: LT 250 Wilkinson Building, 148 City road Darlington, NSW 2008

Registration now closed

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Jim's book (left) will be available for purchase between 6:00pm and 6:45pm on the night and can also be purchased via the web at any time at New South Books or you can head to the official website for more details:

Metropolitan Planning and Governance

Poster for the event on August 16th

Tuesday 16th August, 2016

Post Festival of Urbanism Special Event:
Lessons for the Greater Sydney Commission from North America
The city wide approach to metropolitan planning has a long history in North America. One of the key exemplars of this approach is Portland, Oregon. Ric Stephens, the President of the International Society of City and Regional Planners, will discuss what has been going in Portland and draw out some lessons for metropolitan planning in Sydney.

This event is co-sponsored by;
The Henry Halloran Trust
Australian Institute of Urban Studies (NSW Division)
Western Sydney University
JBA Planning

About the Speaker;
Ric Stephens
President of the International Society of City and Regional Planners
Ric leads the world's pre-eminent society of city and regional planners, now in its 52nd year, bringing together recognised and highly qualified planners from over 80 countries. Ric is in Sydney to talk to planning professionals and students, and the Sydney Group of ISOCARP. Ric is an educator, consultant and civic advisor who has helped create meaningful and memorable places in over 25 countries. Ric Stephens is based in Portland, Oregon. He has led many successful projects for smart cities and urban sustainability, and has been a close observer of Portland's Metro Council and the unique Oregon approach to urban growth boundaries for managing metropolitan expansion.

Date: Tuesday the 16th August
Time: 6:00pm, Refreshments served after the Lecture
Venue: Law School Building (F10), New Law Lecture Theatre 024

Registration closed

The Festival of Urbanism: City Limits

Monday 01st – 12th August, 2016

Sydney is Australia’s global city. In a city undergoing rapid growth, constrained by its unique geography and until recently limited infrastructure investment, its residents are experiencing a number of issues, ranging from traffic congestion, crowded public facilities, anxiety about increasing densities, the challenges of climate change and pressures on open space.

In this environment, the festival examines what opportunities are there for better approaches to city building that might address some of these issues. A particular theme of the Festival will be the potential for new technology to provide a solution to some of these difficult problems and to address the question of what really makes a smart city.
Now in its third year, the festival provides a vital platform for discussion, reflection and comment and exposes the citizens of Sydney to a range of ideas from academics from the University of Sydney and elsewhere.

Let us change your view of the city.

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The Fourth Annual Henry Halloran Trust Lecture

Professor MEEN from the Unversity of Reading, UK

Professor Meen from the University of Reading, UK

Myth: Increasing Housing Supply Leads To More Affordable Homes
Wednesday 27th July, 2016

The Fourth Annual Henry Halloran Trust Lecture, titled "Housing Affordability in Australia and the UK: Common Problems and Common Solutions" will be delivered by Professor Geoff Meen from the University of Reading in the UK. Geoff Meen is Professor of Applied Economics at the University of Reading in the UK. He specialises in housing economics, including problems of affordability. He has recently been Specialist Advisor to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Select Committee in its Inquiry into the Economics of UK Housing and also works closely with the English Department of Communities and Local Government. He was awarded an OBE in 2007 for his work on housing. He has published in most of the leading academic journals in the field and recently published a new book on historical approaches to housing economics. He has a long association with Australia, dating back to the early 1980s where he worked as a Research Fellow at Melbourne University and now holds an honorary Adjunct Professorship at RMIT University.

Date: Wednesday the 27th July
Time: 6:00pm, Refreshments served before and after the Lecture
Venue: Abercrombie Building, Lecture Theatre 1040
Registration: Closed

Here is a quick glimpse of just 4 of the 29 shots uploaded to the full gallery;

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This is just a small subset!
Check out the full set of 29 images from the night here on the;

Fourth Annual Henry Halloran Trust Lecture gallery page   →

Thanks to everyone who came along and a special thanks to Professor Meen for delivering an amazing presentation for the Fourth Annual Henry Halloran Trust Lecture. We have had overwhelming interest in Professor Meen's content and further works, and he has very kindly offered to share his slides, report and a flyer of his new book with us. We have linked access to them below and you can find them permanently on our Resources page;

Professor Meen on Housing Affordability

   Professor Meen's
   Housing affordability


Professor Meen's presentation

   Professor Meen's
   Presentation deck


Professor Meen's new book

   A flyer about
   Professor Meen's
   new book

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Are you interested in the topic of Housing Affordability?
You may want to view our 2015 Annual Lecture by Professor Laurence Murphy on the topic:
"Myth: Increasing Housing Supply Leads to More Affordable Homes".
You can view that lecture on our 2015 events page.

Value Capture: Opportunities and Risks

Thursday 09 June, 2016

Value Capture event

Everyone is talking about Value Capture. But what is it, how might and work
and how could it help fund the things that would make our cities better places.

Professor Peter Phibbs, the Director of the Henry Halloran Trust, will lead a conversation about this important topic at forthcoming seminar at the University of Sydney. He will be joined by two recent graduates of the Urban Planning program, Michael Cuthbert and Richard O'Gorman Hughes who have recently completed research studies on Value Capture in Sydney. They will set the scene about the current and past practice in Sydney. Professor Phibbs will discuss how value capture is used in different jurisdictions in Australia and elsewhere and examine some recent proposals by the Committee for Sydney and others. Chris Johnson, CEO of The Urban Taskforce will join and Professor Nicole Gurran from the University of Sydney will respond to the presentations and be part of a panel to answer questions from the audience.

About Professor Phibbs

Peter Phibbs is a geographer, planner and social economist with extensive experience in program evaluation, financial analysis and cost benefit analysis. He has over twenty years’ experience undertaking housing research. Currently he is the Chair of Urban and Regional Planning and Policy at the University of Sydney and also Director of the Henry Halloran Trust at the same University. His recent housing research has been on the development of the affordable housing sector in Australia and the impact of housing on a range of other well-being issues including health and educational outcomes. He is currently a member of the World Health Organisation’s working group which is preparing a set of guidelines on the connections between housing and health. He is also on the NSW Ministerial taskforce on Affordable Housing.

Date: Thursday the 9th June 2016
Time: 6:30pm until 8:00pm, join us for drinks at 6:00pm
Venue: Wilkinson Lecture Theatre 250 (formerly ALT1), 149 City road Wilkinson Building G04, The University of Sydney view map.
Registration: Free event, register here on Eventbrite

Congratulations to our Blue sky grant recipients

Sunday 03 April, 2016

The Henry Halloran Trust has committed to funding two new and innovative projects we are excited to see the outcomes of for 2016 through our Blue Sky project grants that encourage forward-looking and exploratory research over land use and settlement. Building on this theme with their respective proposals, we welcome the newest additions to the Trust's rapidly expanding community of planning academics and professionals;

We would like to thank all our presenters who pitched ideas for the grants for an interesting snapshot of the diversity of research investigating the potential of more livable cities and responsible planning across the University of Sydney and its fellow institutes. We would also like to thank Julie Walton for presenting the contents of her recent Practitioner in Residence Report on the Influence of Political Donations on Planning Integrity.

The Blue Sky grants present only one of three avenues to obtain research funding by the Trust. For more information on our funding models and eligibility please see the information on our research page.

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Professor John Landis joins the Trust as our Visiting Scholar

Saturday 19 March, 2016

In a proud milestone for us at the Henry Halloran Trust, we are excited to announce the arrival of our first visiting scholar, Professor John Landis from the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Landis is with us for six months. In addition to an upcoming public lecture for the Urban Housing Lab he is participating in Incubator projects and providing strategic advice on key trends in similar US research centres. He is writing a book on the successes of planning and is using the Sydney Harbour as a case study. You can find out more about John at his bio at University of Pennsylvania.

Professor John LANDIS

Joe Hurley and Elizabeth Taylor's continued success

Tuesday 11 March, 2016

The Henry Halloran Trust would like to congratulate Joe Hurley (RMIT) and Elizabeth Taylor (University of Melbourne) on their recent success in continuing research facilitated by the Trust's 2014 research grant. Alongside a third colleague from Dortmund University in Germany, they have recently had their article accepted to the highly-ranked journal Planning Theory and Practice. We are happy to have been part of their journey to increase professional engagement in Planning.

Research Sports - Urban Research Festival 3

Urban Research Festival 3, poster

Wednesday 09 March, 2016

As cities become the most popular places for people to live, the challenges facing cities are immense. Problems of urban congestion, housing affordability, infrastructure financing, social isolation, scarce water and energy resources, environmental sustainability and effective governance require immediate attention. However, in Australia there is very limited urban research being undertaken to address these issues.

The Henry Halloran Trust, has been established at the University of Sydney through the generous gift of Warren Halloran is attempting to fill this research gap by sponsoring a number of urban research projects. The Urban Research Festival will highlight some of these projects and will have two roles:

Hear from our Practitioner in Residence, Julie Walton
Julie 's presentation will address the question: Can planning systems co-exist with a weak political donations regime and retain their integrity? An interrogation and analysis of case studies
of donor influence on planning and development approvals in selected jurisdictions

Listen to four research teams pitch their research proposals
(a maximum of 5 minutes per pitch) in an attempt to secure a blue sky research grant from the Trust.

  • Somwrita Sarkar will talk about the use of sensor technologies and real time data on pedestrian flows towards the aim of enhancing walkability within local transport infrastructure.
  • Richard de Dear will talk about the Wind Tower Application for Passive Cooling in Australian Residential Context".
  • Dieter Hochuli will talk about nature in cities enhancing human well-being
  • Garner Clancey and Jennifer Kent will talk about the impacts of rapid greenfield developments.

Date: March 9th 2016, 6:00pm until 8:00pm refreshments will be served before and after the event
Venue: New Law School Lecture Theatre 024, Eastern Avenue, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006
Registration: closed.

Urban Housing Lab's Affordable Housing Series

Tuesday 08 March, 2016

We congratulate the Urban Housing Lab at the University of Sydney - established with the support of the Trust's incubator program - on launching their Affordable Housing public lecture series this week. They kicked the series off with an established panel, who lead their respective disciplines across 3 universities, providing an international perspective on Housing affordability. Among the speakers were Professors Nick Gallent (London), Professor Rebecca Chiu (Hong Kong) and our own Professor Nicole Gurran (Sydney). The poster and the lecture recording are now available for access.

New grant applications for the new year

Monday 04 January, 2016

Happy New Year from all of us at the Henry Halloran Trust, we're looking forward to another year of enlivening public discussion and opportunities to support the efforts of Urban Planning academics and professionals alike. For us, that begins with the release of;

You can now view information on eligibility criteria, the application process and the outcomes of the grant award on the information statement and download the actual application form via the links above and permanently on our funded Research page.