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Australia's Unintended Cities

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Australia's Unintended Cities

The Impact of Housing on Urban Development

Edited by:
Richard Tomlinson   University of Melbourne

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208 pages, 245 x 170 mm
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing

    Paperback - 2012
ISBN: 9780643103771 - AU $ 89.95

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Australia’s Unintended Cities identifies and researches housing and housing-related urban outcomes that are unintended consequences of other policies, the structure of incentives and disincentives for the housing market, and governance arrangements for metropolitan areas and planning and service delivery. It is argued that unintended consequences have a greater impact on the housing market and Australia’s cities and their future than policies directly concerned with housing, urban policy and metropolitan strategic planning.

The book will inform policy makers, including government officials, consultants and politicians. It will also be used by academics and students in various areas of urban policy, such as housing and urban planning, as well as environment, public policy and economics.


  • Explains the link between housing and the form, structure and functioning of Australia’s cities
  • Explores why, or to what extent, unintended housing and related urban outcomes are changing or are likely to change Australia's cities

List of contributors
1 Introduction: a housing lens on Australia’s unintended cities
2 Transforming Australia’s ‘housing solution’: how we can better plan suburbia to meet our future challenges
3 The Australian residential housing market: institutions and actors
4 Housing affordability, affordable housing and the policy agenda
5 Household debt: mortgage lending practices and the housing market
6 Housing policies and wealth inequality
7 Planning systems, urban form and housing
8 Governance, metropolitan planning and city-building: the case for reform
9 Housing and urban form: a new productivity agenda
10 The energy and carbon footprints of urban housing and transport: current trends and future prospects

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 Policy makers
All levels of government and consultants to government
Academics and students in urban policy, housing and urban planning, transport, environmental and public policy programs

 "Australia’s Unintended Cities provides a thoughtful and well-researched account of the key problems that confront policy makers and the barriers that obstruct major reform."
Keith Jacobs, Geographical Research, 51(3), pp. 333-335, August 2013

"It is a timely and important work that needs to be read and absorbed by everyone involved in planning in Australia. It is essential reading for politicians, policymakers, planners, scholars and anyone interested in uncovering and really coming to grips with Australia’s most intractable urban problems."
Kate Shaw, Urban Policy and Research, 24 July 2013

"Australia's Unintended Cities brings a fresh perspective to housing and the city."
Philip Graus, Australian Planner, March 2014


 Richard Tomlinson is Chair in Urban Planning in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne. He has published on housing policy, urban policy processes, the influence of the Web on urban knowledge and on the economics of mega-events. 

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