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This blog post is dedicated to my experience of the second semester as an Urban design student. The second semester started with an exciting class trip to the beautiful city of Milan. The trip was dedicated to a design module with the theme of Blue-Green infrastructure. We had a lecture series and several site visits throughout our week. Being a part of the Politecnico di Milano for a week and interacting with the tutors was inspiring. We came back with great memories and a detailed knowledge of Milan’s underground canal history and developed our design project on one of the abandoned Aldo Rossi site of Milan.

The semester was dedicated to a thorough analysis of housing typologies and design. We were introduced to inspiring concepts in practice like the Building for Life 12 analysis, Lifetime homes standards, Live-work dwellings and Cohousing; as a way of life. Having to design a creative housing typology helped us understand the society and its needs in depth. To help us understand this unique typology, we had various interactive sessions throughout the semester. A guided understanding of this typology was necessary as the society needed to be well-knit to each other along with having common shared living spaces. We saw various short films and visited various cohousing schemes around the city. To get a personal experience with the cohousers, a trip to Lancaster – Forgebank cohousing, was arranged by our tutor. We had an interactive session where we were shown around the scheme and had the opportunity to cook and share a meal in the resident’s common house kitchen. Before designing, we even had a cohousing design hypothetical scenario exercise in our studio to develop our design principles. The challenging part of the semester included our designing of this new housing typology in the city centre precinct of Newcastle. Science central, being the project site gave us a thoughtful experience while designing a mix of typologies in the city and understanding its context.

The Urban design blog started as a part of the course last year (2016). The first few blogs were related to some of the lecture that we had been given during the course. Eventually the blogs helped us reach out and gave voice to our urban deign experience as a student. Now the blogging experience is a part where we write and blog about our perception of urban design and topics that invigorate us. The research done by us for our dissertation module was a great way for us to refresh our research and writing skills and we acquired great information about planning and design of spaces around the city.

Understand about Urban design elements and blogging has been a wonderful experience and I aim to continue to blog to be more informed and develop my skills further.

School of Architecture
Planning and Landscape
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear, NE1 7RU

Tel: 0191 208 6509

Email: nicola.rutherford@ncl.ac.uk


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