A Chinese MA Urban Design student, born and raised in Newcastle. Alongside my studies, I work on projects that retrofit/renovate buildings, giving them life again. I am passionate about urban design and architectural studies in the ever-changing environment of today with a focus on smart and sustainable communities. I am an aspiring designer, looking for opportunities to develop my skill set through new challenges, projects, and work. I look forward to sharing my views surrounding urban design within this blog!


Arizona – First Place… UK – ?

First place is of course the finest award you can achieve, but how good is First place, Phoenix – the residential development that offers options for adults living with autism and related disorders [2]. I first came across this scheme whilst researching ‘New Models of Care’ within the module Housing Alternatives ARC8069, which led me…
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Building for Life 12: The Axwell Courtyard, Blaydon-on-Tyne

Axwell Park Courtyard, a secluded development set in a landscape of woodlands. Visiting the scheme, it genuinely feels like the countryside. In this post, I will be analysing the development in relation to the Building for Life 12 criteria; designed to help structure discussions on new residential developments to help identify what issues matter to…
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Onto Next Semester!

Regarding my experience with the first semester of TCP8090, it has been a refreshing one, nothing that I have previously practiced before. The tasks at hand were not challenging but infact rewarding. During the initial weeks I was given the task to create the blog banner alongside Van and Kate, having met a few times,…
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No Cars Needed in Freiburg – What about UK cities?

Taking influence from one of the oldest eco-districts GWL-Terrien, Vauban District, Freiburg is arguably one of the world’s best examples of sustainable urban living. The fascinating thing is that the district was completed in 2000 – two decades ago! However, we don’t see any districts to this sustainable standard in the UK to this day….
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Public Bike Schemes do not work…?

Many of today’ sustainable cities have implemented policies and ways to include sustainable transport, especially diverse modes for the everyday person as mentioned in Alan Wann’s lecture. Cities such as Munich and Copenhagen have refocused from a transport association to a mobility association, taking in new ways of mobility including park and ride, bike and…
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Retrofitting Heritage

18 Brinkburn Avenue, an abandoned building, with history and once meant something to the community, now, dead on a street with heritage. This stood out to me, I understand charrette week is meant to be fun, working with the different stages of the school, nevertheless, I wanted it to be beneficial towards myself. The project…
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