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).


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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Comment on: Compact Form: The Battle Against The Car by Tommy Sheriff

In his blog, “Compact Form: The Battle Against The Car”,  Tommy reflects upon the car-oriented design of many modern cities and how we ought to go about creating new infrastructure for sustainable transport, phasing the car out of cities with a particular focus on density and urban form. I agree with Tommy in his post…
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Mental Health and Urban Design: Anxiety and Depression

In recent years, poor Mental Health as an issue has received an increase in publicity and awareness. The World Health Organisation defines Mental Health as: “a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able…
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Economics and Effective Urban Design

What is the difference between an immaculate, well thought out master plan and a real, successful, working bit of Urban Design? Well as Bill Clinton’s 1992 Presidential Campaign once put it: “The economy, stupid” or rather, as outlined in the lecture we received from economics consultant Aiden Oswell, an effective economic strategy. In this blog I…
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Charette: Don’t fluff your lines

Charette Week: The Premise During our first week of MA Urban Design, we began (as all design courses do at the Newcastle University School of APL) with the Charette. The Charette is a one week long group project which combines students of different disciplines and stages together at the beginning of each year to work…
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