Clarkefield in the Macedon Ranges is fast becoming the little town that could in its vision to create a new style of living.
HOUSING AFFORDABILITY SERIES: Australia is in the grips of a housing affordability crisis but are we doing everything we can to fix it?
News from the front desk No 478: There’s no shortage of optimistic commentary coming out urging us not to waste this crisis. Suddenly, we have hours to kill in self isolation to reconsider existing economic, environmental and social policy, and ponder over better options. With any luck, we’ll seize the opportunity to embark on economic […]
The coronavirus pandemic has revealed the precarious state of Australia’s private rental market and put a spotlight on homelessness.
A new housing affordability competition has thrown up some creative concepts for housing affordability. But which will be selected as the best?
How many tragic deaths will it take before we take meaningful action and formulate a clear national housing strategy to end homelessness?
The federal election has been called for 18 May, so strap in for another wild ride at the fun-fair roller coaster that passes for our governance these days. Think of it like a festival at the Colosseum. Or “Reality TV goes to the Polls”.
Australia can learn from European and US approaches to ending homelessness through adopting a similar “housing first” approach, according to housing advocate Robert Pradolin.
Women over 55 currently sleeping rough or in severe housing stress will be able to seek shelter in new pop-up accommodation in Melbourne’s City of Port Phillip.
For those of us that have been championing housing affordability and affordable housing (two very different issues), it’s great to see the federal government taking steps (some of us might say baby steps) towards providing a framework that could unlock significant investment in what amounts to critical economic infrastructure. Sufficient and suitable housing for all, […]
Pop-up youth shelters in empty hotels. Portable homes on vacant land set aside for roads. Innovative solutions are appearing to tackle the affordable housing crisis in Sydney and Melbourne. But do they work and how well do they work? Should we be opening up additional buildings and land across our cities? Or should we be […]
The new WoodSolutions Mid-rise Advisory Program (WSMAP) pilot is offering developers and building design and construction professionals in Victoria and Queensland support for using timber in mid-rise projects.
Seven key policy agenda items emerged from The Fifth Estate’s Surround Sound on Housing: affordable/sustainable/innovative that can start to change the game for housing. They’ve been distilled from the event with contributions from our panelists, guests and readers and have been shaped to make a quick summary of thinking for the benefit of governments, government […]
The Fifth Estate Let’s Hack Housing Surround Sound was bursting with ideas on how to finance affordable housing.
Following is an edited transcript of the Let’s Hack Housing event held on 5 December in Sydney.
Following is part 2 of an edited transcript of the Surround Sound on Housing: affordable/sustainable/disruptive held on 5 December in Sydney.
Sometimes the gods of exquisite timing smile upon us and we know the moment is right to seize the opportunity for action.
Housing is one of the touchstones of this year. We’ve seen prices soar and decent housing is now unaffordable for many people, young and old. But great challenges stimulate responses, and never before in Australia has the potential for change seemed so great. Developers, designers, planners, architects, various levels of government, financiers, materials manufacturers and […]
Homelessness is the canary in the coal mine to the lack of investment in social and affordable housing.
Have you heard the story about the frog who was dropped in a pot of hot water? It jumped out and saved its own life. The frog couldn’t ignore its situation. Action had to be taken. Its life depended on it.
Timber. Pre-fab. Affordable. Medium density. These are the sustainability buzzwords repeating in The Fifth Estate residential articles at the moment, and Australand has put all four together with its recently constructed The Green apartment complex in Parkville, Melbourne. And what’s more, it’s saving 25 per cent on construction costs, which Australand says could lead to […]