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Opinion: What Australia can learn from the UK's social housing sector

Australia needs to grow capacity and resources in its social and affordable housing sector and the UK could point the way, Tim Williams writes.

Opinion: Can proposed changes to PD rights help housing delivery?

Government plans to extend permitted development rights are likely to be of interest to developers and owners, but have been less well received by local authority officers, writes James Doherty.

Opinion: We need an evidence-based approach to active travel in place of reactive, populist decisions

Active travel measures are encountering some resistance in the UK, but initiatives here and overseas are providing evidence of their broad benefits, writes Gina Bugten Dinesen.

Opinion: The problem of unaffordable home ownership needs more focus

The unaffordability crisis is widely misunderstood, partly because of the lack of an international perspective, writes Tim Williams.

Opinion: Leeds and the long term plan for housing

Plans to boost housing and regeneration in England set out by government in July represent a welcome vision, but need to be backed by strategy and implementation, writes Sarah Cox.

Opinion: Closing housing's generational divide

Older people have significant housing wealth and are often well-represented in the planning system, while the young have little voice in planning decisions, writes David Churchill.

Opinion: Taking the long view of the city office

A look at office building trends in the main 50 US metropolitan areas since the 1980s reveals a surprise, finds Tim Williams.

Opinion: We need a new template for how we develop our cities

An approach that is both human-centric and focuses on sustainability is central to shaping city success, writes Federica Buricco.

Opinion: The UK and Australia share challenges in housing and city office districts

A broken housing market and the future of central business districts are concerns for both London and Sydney, writes Tim Williams.

Opinion: How would you define a successful city precinct?

Tim Williams answers that question by highlighting five benchmarks focusing on different aspects of the city.

Opinion: Reflecting history and identity in regeneration

Plans to remediate and redevelop a derelict coking works site in South Wales have brought regeneration close to home, writes Tim Williams.

Opinion: The problem with beauty and gentle density

The concepts of beauty and gentle density are open to such subjective interpretation that they will tie decisionmakers in knots even more than they already are, writes Grant Leggett.

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