I enjoy painting and challenging myself to find creative solutions to any issue. Since design is an appropriate combination of those, I started my study with high motivation. With the depth of learning, I understand urban design as a more practical way to create a better life for people. It requires careful observation, in-depth research, repeated attempts and above all, the awareness. We need to build residential houses not only for profit making, but also see them as someone's future homes. A deep research of the underlaying local history and culture is important before designing or redeveloping. This is vital in order to deliver a sustainable and pleasant place to live in


Comment on ‘Street Furniture: An Important Factor in Street Design’ by Yilan Zhang

Street is a multi-functional place, especially in urban scheme. Yilan pointed out that a well-designed street could works on micro-climates, improving people’s physical and mental health, promoting social interaction and helping vulnerable group. Beside what Yilan mentioned before, street could also enhance community engagement and social capital (WHO, 2008). Plus, both of them are significant…
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Comment on ‘Micro – Flats’by Richard Keeling

Richard’s blog on micro flat introduced the size and functions as well as the probably users of the co-living scheme. It seems that the popularity of the affordable, high density, multi-functional micro size apartment is keep increasing, especially in the metropolis. However, Brooks (2018) compares living in micro flat to the future horror story that…
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Comment on Urban Regeneration – Reusing Railway Infrastructure By David Winter

David pointed out that UK might have great opportunities to redevelop the abandoned railways as a new green infrastructure and illustrated two case studies: The High Line public park as well as the Thinkbelt. Admittedly, transfer the out of use railway is a booth sustainable and eco-friendly way to redevelopment an area. In addition, by…
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Barcelona and Antoni Gaudi

Everything that any architect could need… Is already in natural forms in nature.                                                                                    …
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Cultural Regeneration in Newcastle upon Tyne

A northern upbringing frequently involves the inculcation of an unusually powerful set of attachments to place; a deep rooting in a particular physical, social and cultural environment.                                                         …
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The ‘Modernization attempt’ of Newcastle upon Tyne

Modernist is one of the most important architecture philosophy or style in 20th century. It is led by Walter Gropius (1883-1969) and Le Corbusier (1887-1965) and had a significant impact in British after the World War Two (Architecture.com, 2018). Modern architects believed that mechanized building is more fit the social than traditional building. It probably…
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BFL12: Park View Development Assessment

In semester 2, we begin to work on the ‘Housing Alternative’ like co-housing, live-work houses. Park View is one of the self-research schemes that located in northeast England, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Gateshead, 3 kilometers from Newcastle city centre. Miller Homes is the developer of the community and by the time we visited it, phase 2…
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Reflective Summary: Semester 1

Class experience All of our blogs are based on the lectures from principles and practice of urban design, which has broad coverage of the curriculum, from the economy, human health and industry prospects to the status quo and so on. Different areas of experts deliver each lecture and they explain to us the most cutting-edge…
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Five-Star Public Space

The concept of public space dates back to the 1950s as Whyte proposed to protect open space in American cities. Recently, we continue to refer to this idea in the field of urban planning. However,what exactly is public space? Why is it so important? Can a high-quality public space be designed? The following sections cover…
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