Kate-Chambers

Originally from Hertfordshire, I'm now living in Newcastle for a fourth year. With a background in Urban Planning, but now studying MA Urban Design. With the issue of climate change being a prominent challenge to overcome, I have an ambition to be at the forefront of creating sustainable places for both people of today and the future.


The Work from Home Future

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the Government have issued statements telling people they can only got to work if they “cannot work from home” (GOV.UK, 2020). This has caused a drastic change, with the majority of the UK’s workforce now working remotely. Will Coronavirus change the way we work permanently?   (Sabelskaya, undated). Working from…
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Have any positives come out the global pandemic of Covid-19?

Coronavirus has had a global impact, with over 2 million cases and approximately 150,000 deaths across 213 countries (WHO, 2020). Counter-measures led to travel restrictions, social-distancing rules and the demise of the World’s economy, which stopped “24 million people from escaping poverty” (Gopinath, 2020) (Vaswani, 2020). Amidst one of the world’s greatest crises, are there…
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BUILDING FOR LIFE 12: SINCLAIR MEADOWS

The Building for Life 12 standards help to assess a development for the creation of better places for people to live. This is determined by a traffic light system to indicate the how positively the design has responded to each element. Sinclair Meadow, located in South Shields, was the UKs first carbon negative scheme. Its…
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See ya later alligator

I would like to start by thanking you for reading my blog posts over the last few months. Blogging has been an insightful experience, giving me the opportunity to learn and explore and whole new writing style and form of communication. Overall, this is an experience I have greatly appreciated and one I will undoubtably…
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Smarten up or lose out: Are there inclusivity issue with Smart Cities?

Are you smart enough to benefit from the new wave of smart technologies set to revolutionise the way cities are built and function? (Memoori, 2015). By that I don’t mean your IQ (although that might help) but the personal equipment that will be needed to access the advantages that will come with this: smart phones,…
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Get on your bike: Reintroducing sustainable transport.

A substantial 15% of the pollutants contributing to climate change come from the exhaust fumes from automotive vehicles. Whilst the advancement of electric car technology will reduce these emissions, this will only help in the global sense if the electricity is itself produced by sustainable methods. It is therefore vital that we encourage the sustainable…
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Frankenstein’s Workshop

In today’s world, we are more likely to purchase something if it looks nice. An easy way to make a product look desirable and therefore more sellable is to package it nicely however, as a society, we have little regard to the packaging we throw away and the detrimental effects it can have. If we…
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