Accommodating Australians

Date & time

6–7pm 19 June 2012


Finkel Lecture Theatre, John Curtin School of Medical Research, Garran Road


Professor Patrick Troy AO


 +61 2 612 54144

Accommodating Australians explores the rise and fall of public housing in Australia since the 1940s, when the Australian government resolved to improve both the affordability and quality of public housing in the aftermath and bleakness of the depression and World War II. 

The book describes post-war reconstruction initiatives aimed at increasing the stock and improving the design of public housing, while at the same time addressing issues of efficiency with the building industry.   It shows the way in which these initiatives led the States to reverse their approaches to the provision of urban infrastructure services and how price inflation is fuelled as principles and rational development give way to a pre-occupation with the short term wishes of developers.

Illustrated with photographs and architectural plans, and based upon exhaustive research in the national archives, Accommodating Australians gives a vivid picture of housing policy at the Commonwealth level, and the changing emphasis from public housing to home ownership.

Refreshments will be held from 5.30-6pm.

About the speaker

Professor Patrick Troy AO is an Emeritus Professor at the Fenner School of Environment and Society, ANU.  He has worked as an engineer and planner in State and local government, as a senior administrator in the Commonwealth and as a research academic at the ANU for 44 years.

He has published 15 books and many papers on housing, infrastructure, transport, urban planning and development, as well as energy and water consumption.  This book is part of his exploration of the suburbanization of Australian cities and their vulnerability.

Accommodating Australians will be available for sale and signings with take place after the event.

This lecture is free and open to the public. Please register for event

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