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The role innovative housing models play in the struggle against social exclusion in cities: the Brisbane common ground model

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Perolini, Petra

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Abstract The history of housing in Australia is a textbook example of socio-spatial exclusion as described, defined and analysed by commentators from Mumford to Lefebvre. It has been exacerbated by a culture of home ownership that has led to an affordability crisis. An examination of the history reveals that the problems are structural and must be approached not as a practical solution to the public provision of housing, but as a reshaping of lives, a reconnection to community, and as an ethical and equitable "right to the city". This "Right to the City" has underpinned the Common Ground approach, emerging in a range of cities and adopted in South Brisbane, Queensland Australia. This paper examines the Common Ground approach and the impacts on its residents and in the community with a view to exploring further developments in this direction. A clear understanding of these lessons underpins, and should inform, a new approach to reconnecting the displaced and to developing solutions that not only enhance their lives but also the community at large.
Keywords residential behavior; condominium; Australia; public housing; exclusion; town; social space
Classification Sociology of Settlements and Housing, Urban Sociology
Document language English
Publication Year 2015
Page/Pages p. 62-70
Journal Social Inclusion, 3 (2015) 2
Issue topic Housing and space: toward socio-spatial inclusion
ISSN 2183-2803
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution