Hi, my name is David and I am from Blackburn, Lancashire, UK. I previously studied Architecture BA at Newcastle University followed by a year working as a Part One Architectural Assistant in Accrington. Coming from a post-industrial town in the North of England, I am particularly passionate about Urban Design in the context of Urban Regeneration. I am interested in the built environment of a place as both reflective and causative of economic and social change and by the post-industrial urban landscape of Northern towns and the cultural identity associated directly with former-industrial architecture and places. Outside of Urban Design I enjoy fellwalking, cooking and writing and I most enjoy time spent hiking and camping with friends (weather and midges permitting).


Small Town Regeneration

Urban regeneration is a key aspect of urban design and is often used to refer to regeneration projects in cities or other large settlements and urban areas. One aspect that is sometimes overlooked is the regeneration of smaller towns which can be seen to differ from urban regeneration in cities in a number of ways….
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Codesign Exercise – Cohousing communal facilities

As part of our design process of our cohousing scheme in our most recent design project, we organised and participated in a codesign exercise within our course group. In this blog I’m going to talk about how we organised our exercise, interpreted the results and Pre-exercise The first stage in running our exercise was done…
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Urban Regeneration – Reusing Railway Infrastructure

At its peak in 1928, the length of the UK’s national railway infrastructure (the route controlled by Railtrack or its successor, National Rail) was 20235 miles. Today the length is less than half of that, standing at 9817 miles with the decline being due to the rise of the car for personal travel and lorries…
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BFL 12: The Malings

The Malings is a housing development located in the lower Ouseburn Valley,  close to the River Tyne. Designed by Ash Sakula Architects and developed in partnership with Igloo Regeneration, Carillion and Gentoo Construction, the last of the 76 dwellings was completed in 2017. The Malings has won several design awards including the “Housing Design Award…
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Reflexive Summary: Blogging

Helping to run and write for the NCL Urban Design blog this semester has been an interesting experience. For most of this semester I feel as though the emphasis has been more on the ‘running’ of the blog rather than on the writing element (and I suspect this is why many of our blogs have been…
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Comment on: Health & Well being in Urban Design by Shijie Zheng

In his post ‘Health & Well being in Urban Design’, Shijie talks about many of the effects that Urban Design can have on our mental and physical well being. Whilst I agree with what Shijie has said in his post. I would add an extra dimension to this and talk about the importance of security…
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