Hello! My name is Fabian and I am originally from the city of Palmira, in the southwest of Colombia. I am architect and I studied my undergraduate at the Universidad del Valle in Cali, Colombia. After finishing my studies, I was working in one architecture firm, where I could gain experience designing projects in different cities of my country.
I am passionate about architecture, cities, travel and fishing (I know, maybe the last thing does not make much sense!). In recent years I have travelled through different places in South America, from the impressive Andean landscapes in Ecuador, to the fascinating beaches of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. I believe that every place always has something to teach us, not only in its physical part, but also in its traditions and manners.
I decided to continue my studies in the field of urban design, because I believe that cities play a fundamental role in the goal of achieving a more sustainable planet. This interest has brought me to Newcastle University, where I hope to learn much about the experience of the United Kingdom and other European countries in the process of designing and transforming their cities.
I invite you to follow me on Instagram (@fabian_ark) and on Twitter (@FabianLozano_).


Rio is one of the most important cities in South America and also one of the most recognized in the world. During my visit to the “Marvelous City” in 2016, Rio was in the final preparations to host the Summer Olympic Games, an event that would mark a before and after in its urban development…
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Axwell Park was one of the housing projects that were proposed to visit and make their respective assessment in accordance with the guidelines of Building for Life 12. This development has two special characteristics. The first is its location in the suburban area of ​​Gateshead, surrounded by abundant vegetation and close to several bodies of water….
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Writing in a blog about Urban Design has been a new and enriching experience. Although I have previously used this type of websites for more informal purposes, publishing and commenting on academic context has been a new challenge that has allowed me to go further in the search for information, even to question myself about…
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Comment on “Sustainable Urban Transport in Chinese Cities”, by Runyu Zhang

The problem of traffic congestion in China explained by my colleague Runyu Zhang is a similar case to other cities in recently industrialized countries (Worldatlas, 2017), where the entry of more cars is collapsing the road infrastructure, causing unbearable traffic and generating higher contaminant emissions into the atmosphere. This is another example of how unsustainable…
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  It is a common affirmation that open spaces are the scenarios of civic life par excellence. However, is this citizen right really guaranteed in contemporary public places?  This post is related to the lecture led by Dr. Georgiana Varna, who emphasized in the definition and appropriation that people make of public spaces. According with…
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Sustainable mobility and social inclusion: the experience of Colombian cities

Public transport is an essential element for the daily functioning of cities. But, what would happen if in addition to serving as an element of mobility, these systems are used to reduce the impact on the environment and the social gap? Two Colombian cities give examples that this is possible. In the lecture presented by the…
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Charrette: A Loop around Newcastle

To celebrate the welcome to the academic activities, School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape organizes the Charrette, which consists of a week where all the students of the School, both undergraduate and postgraduate, organize themselves in groups to elaborate all kinds of samples artistic and conceptual. This year, the theme of the Charrette was: “Flex,…
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