"The housing crisis is firmly on the Australian policy agenda. Governments see
a rapid increase in supply as the main solution.
The importance of supply is not disputed. But more housing alone isn’t enough:
new housing must be provided in ways that do not widen the gap between the
“haves and the have-nots”.
Our recent research in Sydney, for instance, shows how the planning system
already overlooks what is needed to make the city equitable and liveable.
Planning decisions contradict or ignore guidelines and checklists that are
meant to help ensure communities are healthy and sustainable.
The rush to build new housing risks creating even more inequitable cities.
Poorly regulated housing development often means services and infrastructure
such as public transport or schools are added later. This ends up costing both
governments and households. And it costs us more than dollars to fix the
long-term problems that come with inequity.
Only housing “done well” – quality, affordable and accessible housing – will
truly solve the housing crisis."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics