Blogs are the most vital and interesting part of the module Principles and Practice of Urban Design in semester one. According to post blogs, the assessment requires us to reflect our own thoughts and opinions of lectures or other events, topics, theories or practices related to urban design, planning or sociology. We need learn to comment and give different or further perspectives from peers’ blogs as well.
All the students of MA Urban Design are editors. As a group, we worked together, so everyone could participate in the meeting. The first meeting was focused on updating members’ photographs, changing the banner and layout of the homepage and linking to the Instagram and Pinterest. Then we met bi-weekly for discussing how blog went, what problems we need to solve and what new ideas we came out and what we should do for the next meeting.
The meeting always seems to be interactive and enjoyable though almost everyone has no experience for managing blogs. It is an excellent opportunity to express our views and hear voices from others actively. We were looking forward to running the blogs in an ordered way. Thus every meeting, we had a principal to integrate the information after discussing.
Individual blogging experience
I have never written a blog before, not to mention the academic one. I am even unfamiliar with “tags”, “feature image” or other specific words for blogs. Honestly, starting with my first blogging, I am a little confused since I do not know how to contain an academic context but in a casual way. Compared with normal essays, blogs should share more own opinions on the selected topics. Thanks to the lecture of Susie Woods, she briefly introduced several learning and sharing skills, including what a blog should look like and what we need to pay attention to when posting blogs. For instance, short and simple sentences ought to be applied owing to a wide audience (not just for urban designers).
In addition, I found that blogging is an efficient and concise way to promote myself and develop the professional knowledge. Based on concluding the contexts from lectures, blogs encourage me to read various materials. I have to extract the argument or counter-argument which I am interested in. From them, I try to explore or give a case study to support, which also practiced my critical thinking.
In general, for many of participants, especially me, running blogs was a novelty. Writing blogs not only is a unique chance to get better to know and give feedback to others, but also provides a great platform for anyone who has interest in and want to know more about urban design.