Ben-Johnson

Enthusiast in all things pretty and urban.
Born and raised in Middlesbrough.
Graduated in Newcastle studying architecture and urban planning, now doing my MA in Urban Design to further my interest in making the world a better place.


Persceptions of Safe Spaces

One concept that has always left designers with a head scratching problem in urban design, is how do we make our spaces safer. If you’re working on a site which is known to have problems with crime, how do we actually make the space safer for the community? Can we? or is it just a…
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The (Urban Design) Social Network

Through these unprecedented times, we have a unique situation in our lives where our spaces and our social lives are as inactive as ever. The interactions with landscape and the spaces in between buildings isn’t a new conversation by all means. However it’s felt around the world now more than ever during the COVID-19 lockdown…
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Where is Modular Housing in the UK?

Through it’s remarkable first implementation back in the 1830’s with the humble carpenter John Manning, Modular Construction has been a worldwide success, known for it’s incredible accessibility and sustainability. Being extremely adaptable, recyclable and designed with sustainability at the forefront. With the process being mainly cutting the materials to laser precision in a factory and…
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Building for life: Smiths Dock, North Shields

The building for life tool is a very useful tool to establish the sustainability of neighbourhood design, by breaking down places by 12 different design principles, we can establish what works and what doesn’t and find out what makes for good place design and what makes for bad design. The marking system of this follows…
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Connected and Reflected

First off, I would like to say thank you to everyone that has engaged with the blog, your support has been lifting and truly inspiring to keep on writing. it’s been a memorable debut and introduction into the world of blogging. Going from being a university student and diving into the world of blogging has…
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Amsterdam if you do. Damned if you don’t.

My favorite city now by some margin is Amsterdam, it’s a beautiful place, full of beautiful people and has looked after the planet via cycling more than any other city in Europe. It really is amazing that Amsterdam has most of its city on bikes, meanwhile here in Newcastle we had a cycle rental scheme for…
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Wasteland To Dreamland: Regenerating Urban Environments

A majority of planners and designers fantasize and dream of making the world a better place, many of us, myself included. Use this as the reason why we do what we do, with money and sometimes fame being an afterthought. Albeit a very welcome one. But how can we achieve making spaces better in the…
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When Fiction Becomes Reality

I can think of a number of times when I’d be lost in a book and just want to indulge myself in that world, that’s the beauty of set design that’s always fascinated me on how people can bring a book to life through design. To be able to physically walk through a space that…
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