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Being an architect student in today’s day and age, the fast growth of technology in the process of my education has stimulated many gateways of learning in the university. Similarly, the ‘Principles and Practice of Urban Design’ module was an innovative platform for learning for architecture and urban design students. Nevertheless, not only has it provided an opportunity to promote and develop ourselves as architects and urban designers on a blogging platform, but also given us an exposure to a broader literature on urban design.

The reflection of the lecture I had chosen to blog about certainly allowed me to think critically about the related topics, case studies and lectures which was interesting because I wouldn’t have otherwise known to read and write about a particular urban design related issue. I felt that there was a certain degree to which we could be subjective of the topic however the centre piece of writing had to be in an objective manner. In addition, having an insight on previous years’ blogs gave me a clearer picture on the structure, tone, style and audience a blog had to be.

The initiative of attending and really engaging with the self-directed meetings allowed me to take a personal charge on the collective with the blog website and also helped with creative ways to best attract people to view our content. Having a chair and minute taker at every meeting aided in having a systematic approach on learning and created a professional working ethic that I would take forward in the future.

With peer members having the opportunity to comment on the blogs, it opened up discussions of the topic and also allowed for accepting any criticisms and scope for improvement. The online web page of our urban design blog was a collaborative effort of all the bloggers. This further helped in enhancing my management skills and my team working skills to share responsibility of work to attain common goals.

On the other hand, the portal through which we could edit our posts was simple and easy to operate. It was very interactive and had reliant features which made it easier to work on the posts. The inclusion of linking our blog posts to social media such as Instagram and Pinterest allowed people to acknowledge our work from a broader context. I would also like to add that, to articulate an enjoyable academic blog it was essential to, in this particular order, make a point, emulate a style and tone, to be concise, to consider multimedia and to finally proofread.

Overall, it was a fun filled year of taking urban design and an enjoyable experience being on the Principle and Practice of Urban Design module.

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

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Email: nicola.rutherford@ncl.ac.uk


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