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October 2016

Our cities are growing up….

In Australia and New Zealand our cities are growing up - literally and figuratively. Of course in the literal sense, I’m referring to the higher densities of housing and commercial buildings evident on our city skylines. But figuratively I’m suggesting that the diversification of our dwelling stock and higher density agglomerations of our jobs are in response to the changing needs of the ‘new economy’. That is, our cities are adapting in a physical sense to social and economic change. They need to because they have largely been structured around a car-based, retail and manufacturing model where there is an explicit separation of land uses, large tracts of land zoned for jobs based on a distinctly 20th Century mode of production.

There is a problem though. We do not have buy-in from our communities that are seeing their inner city and inner ring neighbourhoods being transformed. And the residents of our outer cities are travelling longer journeys to work. We need to improve our understanding of the locational needs of future jobs and the role that housing plays in our economic and social development. Someone needs to tell a ripping good yarn about how our cities and towns need to evolve and adapt to a new economic future and share it with our communities so we can all be willing participants in a better future. Here’s a good example from the Committee for Sydney.

Author Ivan

Ageing population

Are we prepared for an ageing population? Top 5 growing and slowing areas for people 70+

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By 2036, there will be an additional 2.3 million Australians aged over 70. Are we adequately prepared for Australia’s ageing population?
In this blog, we forecast the top 5 growing and slowing areas for people aged over 70 to understand where age care services are most needed now and in the future.


Using the three Ps of economic growth

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How can local governments develop a comprehensive and effective economic strategy? The secret lies in understanding the 3Ps - Population, Participation and Productivity...


Location analysis

Translating demographics into informed location decisions



As population experts, our job is to understand how demographic change will affect every part of Australia – every state, regions, suburb and city block. We call this our “knowledge of place”.

Our job is to use our knowledge of “place” to answer our client’s strategic questions so they can make informed location decisions.



Demographic trends

Profiling a new wave of op shoppers



A recent foray into the world of Op shops uncovered some interesting developments around one of the oldest recycling industries in Australia. Today's op shoppers are certainly different from the past. So who are they? And why do we need to understand them demographically?


Inside .id

Out and about on the speaking circuit



.id's Location Strategy Consultants Katie Bayley and Sally Blandy recently presented at the School Planning, Design and Construction conference with Andrew Giles, the Labor Member of Scullin and Shadow Minister for Schools (see photo below). 

Ivan has been busy on the road delivering keynote presentations at the Urban Development Institute of Australia State Conference in South Australia, the Australian Communities Forum in Sydney and the Central Coast Business Breakfast Meeting in Central Coast.

You can find the .id team at these upcoming conferences:

  1. International Urban Design Conference (ACT): Australian cities grow up - Higher density cities adapting to demographic and economic change
  2. Fairfield Refugee Symposium (NSW): An overview of cultural diversity and settlement patterns
  3. Community Engagement Summit (NSW): An evidence-based approach to engagement
  4. VCE Geography Conference (VIC): Spatial technologies and government policy
  5. Australian Population Association Biennial Conference (NSW): How Sydney got its groove back - what small area forecasts reveal about Australia's largest city

Come and say hi if you are at any of these events. Or follow us in the twitterverse to stay up to date.


Final word

Using 1940s technology to predict how policies affect our economy

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How can you predict the effect of monetary policy on the economy? Apparently, the answer has been around since the ’40s - a hydraulic (water!) computer.


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