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15 May 2017
Policy sentiment rather than substance for housing affordability

Will the 2017 Federal Budget provide first home buyers some relief? Professor Peter Phibbs and Professor Nicole Gurran write on the Coalition Government's policy response. 

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24 April 2017
Australian governments are treading lightly around Airbnb

Australia is gripped by a housing affordability crisis. Without proper planning, legalising Airbnb may make housing even more unaffordable in high-demand suburbs, writes Professors Nicole Gurran and Peter Phibbs.

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20 April 2017
International fellowships to build an architect's view of humanities

Two prestigious, Harvard University affiliated fellowships have been awarded to Professor Andrew Leach and Dr Jennifer Ferng in the School of Architecture, Design and Planning.

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10 April 2017
Rooms with a view

Art lovers and University benefactors are looking forward to seeing their favourite artworks and artefacts in the new spaces being created at the University of Sydney.

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10 April 2017
Rooms with a view

Art lovers and University benefactors are looking forward to seeing their favourite artworks and artefacts in the new spaces being created at the University of Sydney.

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28 March 2017
Meet Laura Palmer – a new addition to the University’s IEQ Lab

Laura Palmer, a life-size mannequin named after the fictional character from the ‘90s American cult TV series Twin Peaks, is the latest addition to the research team in the University’s Indoor Environmental Quality Lab (IEQ).

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14 March 2017
New double degree attracts future leaders in architecture

Angus Gregg from Perth and Clare Chuang from Brisbane have moved to Sydney to be among the first group of students to embark on Australia’s new and only double degree in architecture at the University of Sydney.

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08 March 2017
Architecture/Built Environment at Sydney Uni already 1st in Australia and rises to 15th globally

Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Sydney retains the number one spot in Australia for the second year and moves up two places to 15th globally, following the release of 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

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08 March 2017
Teaching and research excellence recognised in QS Subject Rankings

Ranked first in the world for sports-related subjects and best in Australia for medicine, architecture, veterinary sciences, anatomy and physiology, English language and literature.

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06 March 2017
Architecture students learn ‘real life’ lessons from Yarrabah

The Indigenous community of Yarrabah in far north Queensland was the focus of architecture students who were given the unique opportunity to work with community leaders on an affordable housing project.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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