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15 February 2017
Housing supply shouldn't be the only policy tool politicians cling to

The most popular government policy at the moment for solving housing affordability continues to be increasing housing supply, writes Professor Phibbs and Professor Gurran.

14 February 2017
The 'Ubers' of digital real estate have housing experts wary

The rapid global expansion of the residential property market driven by the uploading of digital real estate in the last decade has housing researchers concerned.

19 January 2017
The community impact of Airbnb calls for closer scrutiny

There needs to be closer scrutiny of the impact of online short-term home rentals following concerns over platforms such as Airbnb, new University of Sydney research finds.

15 December 2016
Top 10 tips for first-year students

Your first year on campus can be intimidating. New people. New classes. New locations. We asked current University of Sydney students to share the things they have learned during their time on campus.

05 December 2016
Is the Australian housing market at risk of a collapse?

Understanding if a ‘housing bubble’ exists in the Australian housing market is the new focus of a University of Sydney complex systems research team.

29 November 2016
The Sydney entrepreneur behind the famous face

Many Australians would know her face from the $20 note, but may know less about Mary Reibey’s story – the single mother of seven children who became a legendary businesswoman in Sydney during the 1800s.

25 November 2016
Atomic blueprint device: a winner

Dr Peter Liddicoat, a recipient of AMP Tomorrow funds and PhD graduate of Materials Engineering, has developed a new microscope that can unravel the ‘DNA’ of inorganic materials. 

22 November 2016
Inspired student visions for Sydney architecture

University of Sydney students unveil their big architectural visions for a series of landmark cultural buildings and public spaces in Sydney and regional NSW in a final graduate exhibition that opens on 24 November.

17 November 2016
Bigger cities are richer, breeding greater inequality

New research confirms as Australian cities get bigger they also get richer, as a disproportionate amount of the wealth goes to top income earners, which is breeding greater inequality within and between cities.

03 November 2016
Apple’s new Touch Bar: a breakthrough or commonsense?

Apple is back in the media thanks to the company’s new 'Touch Bar'. It might seem like a simple idea, but it builds on a long history of 'human–computer interaction' research, writes Associate Professor Martin Tomitsch.

20 October 2016
Flying Ubers a vision of Lendlease Bradfield scholarship winner

At the Future Transport Summit 2016 in Sydney earlier this year Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said 'self‐driving Ubers are the future'. "But what if Ubers are in the air and not on the street?” proclaims architecture student Kate Zambelli.

19 October 2016
Meet our seven Bradfield finalists

The annual scholarship was set up in recognition of the legacy of John Bradfield, the celebrated engineer and University of Sydney alumnus whose grand ideas and vision drove two of Sydney’s most transformative projects: the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the city’s underground railway system.

12 October 2016
University of Sydney assists talks at Habitat III for a New Urban Agenda

Addressing the vulnerability of countries to climate change and rapid urban growth in the Pacific is the goal of a side event chaired by the University of Sydney’s Associate Professor Paul Jones at Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador, this month.

06 October 2016
Thinking outside the box in designing affordable housing

Housing affordability is a big problem in Australia. A new exhibition looks at housing projects that could offer ways to reduce housing costs.

27 September 2016
Pedestrian safety needs to catch up to technology and put people before cars

One pedestrian is killed every two days on Australia’s roads, the majority in metropolitan areas. While advances in safety systems and technology over past decades have greatly improved driver and passenger safety, there has been relatively little new technology to ensure the safety of pedestrians. Even current innovations to improve pedestrian safety are still designed from a car-centric approach.

19 September 2016
Barcelona cool and sexy but not a good look for Sydney

As Sydney's population continues to expand, it's Toyko we need to look at for inspiration, writes Associate Professor Pablo Guillen Alvarez.

06 September 2016
Conserving a concrete masterpiece

Sydney Opera House, as part of the Getty Foundation’s international Keeping It Modern grant program, collaborated with University of Sydney and Arup to explore ways to improve the consistency and range of data collected in the tap tests of the sails.

05 September 2016
Open letter to the NSW Premier on Sydney’s housing affordability

The state’s leading planning experts, housing and homeless peaks and property sector representatives have called on the NSW government to act now on housing affordability to ensure Sydney remains a livable city for key workers and people on low and moderate incomes.

24 August 2016
Research grant awarded to manufacture multi-storey houses

The University of Sydney and Lendlease have been awarded a $3 million grant by the Australian Government to undertake a collaborative research project to develop prefabricated multi-storey housing solutions.

10 August 2016
Smart cities: does this mean more transport disruptions?

A plethora of new and personalised ways of getting around cities are emerging – electric bikes, motorised scooters, electric vehicles, car sharing and re-interpretations of the taxi by Uber, writes Professor Robyn Dowling.