Sustainable as a basis of affordable? Understanding the affordability 'crisis' in Australian housing

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MacKillop, Fionn. 2013. "Sustainable as a basis of affordable? Understanding the affordability 'crisis' in Australian housing ." Australian Planner. 50 (1), pp. 2-12. https://doi.org/10.1080/07293682.2012.688839
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Sustainable as a basis of affordable? Understanding the affordability 'crisis' in Australian housing

ERA Journal ID20848
Article CategoryArticle
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AuthorMacKillop, Fionn
Journal TitleAustralian Planner
Journal Citation50 (1), pp. 2-12
Number of Pages11
Year2013
Place of PublicationAbingdon, OX. United Kingdom
ISSN0729-3682
2150-6841
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/07293682.2012.688839
Abstract

There is much talk of a housing affordability crisis in Australia, accompanied by a sense of a lack of sustainability of the current stock and new buildings. I discuss the notions of housing affordability and sustainability in the current Australian context, to explain why indeed there is an affordability problem and how it is connected to that of sustainability. I then consider how this situation has come about, and what directions could be taken in addressing it. It emerges that the crucial point is the need for a cultural change in terms of expectations and approaches in achieving affordability and sustainability.

Keywordssustainable housing; affordable housing; public housing; housing crisis; Australia
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020330499. Urban and regional planning not elsewhere classified
440305. Population trends and policies
330105. Architectural science and technology
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Byline AffiliationsAustralian Centre for Sustainable Business and Development
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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