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University of Melbourne – Transforming Housing: affordable housing for all

By on August 30, 2016
University of Melbourne

Contact name and title
Carolyn Whitzman, Professor of Urban Planning


Title of activity
Transforming Housing: affordable housing for all

Description of activity
Since 2013, the University of Melbourne has convened an action research partnership aimed at improving the quality and quantity of affordable housing in metropolitan Melbourne. The partnership includes state and local governments, private and community housing developers, and private and philanthropic investors. Three interdisciplinary studios involving graduate urban planning, architecture and construction students have developed innovative responses within particular parts of the city. The partnership is now working towards effective implementation of a cross sectoral affordable housing strategy, and also developing links with similar projects in other cities.
Sustainable Development Goal 11 targets relating to activity
11.1 By 2030, ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services and upgrade slums
11.3 By 2030, enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management in all countries

Main themes of this activity
Planning and Design

Changes that took place as a result of this activity
The deliberative planning work supported by the partnership has influenced changes in the metropolitan planning strategy to prioritise affordable housing in one of the least affordable cities in the world. The project has also greatly increased the amount of interdisciplinary action research on housing at the University of Melbourne, and has created a 'safe space' where developers, investors, policy-makers and advocates can work together for change.
How the impact of the activity was measured
1. Changes to policy influenced by the action research.
2. Number of innovative and scale-able projects facilitated by the work.
3. Amount and quality of interdisciplinary research.
Links related to the activity
  • https://msd.unimelb.edu.au/transforming-housing-affordable-housing-all
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