TUES 25 MAY 2021


Designing away disadvantage?

Weighing the contribution of design to recent mixed tenure developments in Australia and overseas


In recent years, there has been an increasing appetite for mixed tenure developments across Australia. This has seen varying combinations of social, affordable and market housing being developed across our cities.


This increasing prevalence of mixed tenure development has been driven by factors including public policy settings, private sector responses to a cooling residential market, and the search for innovative approaches to ongoing affordability challenges.


Recent variations on this theme are seeing alternative forms of housing such as build to rent, co-living and shared equity housing being considered as part of an increasingly diverse array of tenure types. These trends were visible prior to COVID-19, but have become more prevalent in the last year with changing markets and consumer values.


Planning experts Rachel Trigg and Brigitte Bradley from Urbis will discuss the challenges of planning and designing mixed tenure developments, as well as the factors which support the successful development of integrated communities. Focusing on North America and Europe, the presentation will begin with an overview of international best practice models which have resulted in high quality, tenure-blind design outcomes. It will then explore recent examples in three Australian cities: Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney.


The presentation will ultimately consider the contribution which design can make to improving social wellbeing and quality of life in mixed tenure communities.

Brigitte Bradley MPIA


Brigitte Bradley is a consultant specialising in statutory planning and strategic advisory work. She aims to deliver creative solutions for multidisciplinary projects focusing on planning and design. Her studies and experience in affordable and alternative housing models has led to her involvement in projects including the Cumberland Local Housing Study and collaboration with the Good Growth Alliance – a coalition of peak industry bodies and NGO leaders in the housing sphere. While completing her planning degree, she contributed to the book At Home in Vienna, a study of exemplary affordable and subsidised housing in Vienna.

Rachel Trigg MPIA


Rachel works at the intersection of city and social strategy. She leads the Urbis social, community and cultural planning team, and has spent the past 20 years working on a wide range of research, engagement, strategy and planning projects. Her works spans everything from complex sector reform to highly technical social impact assessments for single sites.
Rachel believes that quality social infrastructure is a critical contributor to community wellbeing – and a measure of a city’s soul. Her focus is on bringing together multiple disciplines, perspectives and sectors to create more equitable and engaging communities.