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Design innovations delivered under the Nation Building Economic Stimulus Plan - Social Housing Initiative

Innovation Architecture Cities and towns Economics Housing Urban planning Design Australia
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This Positioning Paper is the outcome of Stage 1 of a three-stage research project: Processes for developing affordable and sustainable medium-density housing models for greyfield precincts, which is funded by AHURI over a two-year period 2012–14.

The questions to be addressed in the three stages of the research project are:

Stage 1: What are the lessons learned from the delivery of the Nation Building—Economic Stimulus Plan (NBESP) Social Housing Initiative?
Stage 2: Where are the opportunities for land assemblage of dispersed public housing land in the middle suburbs?
Stage 3: How can public housing land in greyfield precincts be developed to increase the provision of affordable housing and enhance the overall performance and contribution of these greyfield locations in terms of density, sustainability and community engagement?

This Positioning Paper serves two distinct purposes:

1.    It provides analysis from an architectural, urban-design and urban policy perspective of the housing outcomes produced and procurement processes used in the Social Housing Initiative (SHI).
2. It provides case study material and identifies key design, locational, procurement and policy issues that will be addressed in the second and third stages of this research project, relevant to future greyfields redevelopment.

The aim of this Positioning Paper is not to review comprehensively every project delivered under the SHI, but to unearth a selection of innovative design and procurement outcomes from the program and to determine the factors that influenced these outcomes and allowed them to occur. It has involved a mixed methods research approach comprising architectural and urban design analysis, design case study research, geo-spatial and statistical analysis, desktop research, tenant surveys, industry interviews and research workshop.


Murray, Shane
Monash University

Bertram, Nigel
Monash University

Khor, Lee-Anne
Monash University

Rowe, Deborah
Monash University

Meyer, Byron
Monash University

Newton, Peter
Swinburne University of Technology

Glackin, Stephen
Swinburne University of Technology

Alves, Tom
Office of the Victorian Government

McGauran, Rob
MGS Architects

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