Global ‘home-sharing’ via online platforms such as Airbnb is one of the many ways in which houses are becoming financialised under residential capitalism. Renting homes or rooms to tourists via global platforms can bring new income for ‘hosts’ and their neighbourhoods, but also significant disruption to local communities and housing supply. Urban planners are at the frontline of these dilemmas, but the very technologies on which they depend – land use regulation and the separation of competing uses – are rendered impotent by platform ‘home-sharing’ where signage and marketing occurs in online rather than actual space. This seminar examines these themes by comparing how Airbnb is penetrating local housing markets and bypassing planning controls in six global cities, proposing implications for planning in the platform era and under residential capitalism.
About the Speaker
Nicole Gurran is Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Sydney. She has led a series of studies on sustainable urban development, housing, and planning, for the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, the Australian Research Council, as well as state and local government. Her numerous publications and books include Politics, Planning and Housing Supply in Australia, England and Hong Kong, (Routledge 2016), Australian Urban Land Use Planning (Sydney University Press 2011), and Urban Planning and the Housing Market (2017 Palgrave).
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