Collaborative Solutions for Housing: Insights from ULI Global Futures Conference

With housing affordability a pressing issue, it is clear that no single entity can address these challenges alone. Collective action and partnerships are essential for driving meaningful change and ensuring that cities are inclusive and accessible for all. This was a key takeaway from last month’s Urban Land Institute (ULI) Global Futures conference “Cities in Transformation”. NGAA’s Dr Caroline Speed attended the conference hosted by ULI, the oldest and largest network of cross-disciplinary real estate and land use experts in the world, which brought together thought leaders, policymakers, and industry experts to discuss pressing issues and innovative solutions for urban development.

Keynote speaker, Professor June Williamson, delivered a thought-provoking address on retrofitting suburban forms to meet the needs of the future. Emphasising the concept of polycentric cities, Williamson advocated for transforming existing infrastructure to create more sustainable, liveable communities. This involves enhancing open spaces, promoting active transport options, and improving walkability—a crucial consideration as more people choose to reside in suburban areas.

There was also an insightful session focused on designing safe spaces for women within urban environments. Recognising that women's perceptions of safety impact their mobility, the discussion underscored the importance of urban design features such as good lighting, clear signage, and vibrant public spaces. Creating environments where women feel secure and empowered to navigate freely is important to fostering inclusive and equitable cities.

The ULI Global Futures conference provided a platform for dialogue and collaboration on shaping the cities of tomorrow. By addressing critical issues such as housing affordability, suburban retrofitting, and safety, participants explored innovative approaches to urban development that prioritise sustainability, inclusivity, and resilience. As cities continue to evolve, events like these play a vital role in shaping a brighter future for urban communities worldwide.

As we reflect on the insightful discussions and innovative solutions shared at the ULI Global Futures conference, we invite all stakeholders to join us at the upcoming NGAA Congress “Building Australia’s newest cities – A model for the new wave of growth”. This congress serves as a platform to continue the dialogue on building thriving, resilient, and liveable cities. For more information and to book your ticket, click here: 




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