Architecture is a natural choice for me. Since I was young, I maintained a keen interest in several types of arts, such as photography, painting and music. I think they can directly express people’s imagination or emotions. I started my study of architecture with the fascination of arts and design. Then I fall in love with the various cultures and history of architecture. I enjoy the process of solving practical problems by designing better places for life. I studied for civil engineering in China for four years. I thought it lacked creativity and focused more on rigorous calculation of the structure. Then I learned about architecture in INTO Newcastle during last year. During the architecture studying, I realised that the architecture also would influence the emotions of people. So, a successful design is a challenge to the architect and I like this challenge. I will give my passion to learn it. After I had a chance to visit the presentation which delivered by Master students from both MAPL-D and Urban Design. I prefer the urban design and rather than focusing on building design. Personally, Urban Design is more practical and fit the Architecture circumstance in China. Besides, Urban Design have a more various combination of different culture. And I think it is something valuable in today's design. A well-design city would improve the quality of life.


REFLEXIVE SUMMARY OF BLOG IN SEMESTER 1

In this semester, it was a series of lectures to ensure the completion of all the required elements of learning. The learning included interesting and informative topics to impart knowledge in different areas. One of the most interesting activities completed were related to the blogs that were required to be completed at the semester. One…
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COMMENT ON ‘Five-star Public Space’ By Voca Han

In Voca’s blog, she analysed the five-star public space. The author discussed the evaluation criteria of the five dimensions of public areas and conclude with concerns about the simplification or closure of today’s public spaces. I agree with her point of view and would like to discuss the possible harm which might cause by such…
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COMMENT ON ‘SUPER-GENTRIFICATION BY THE SUPER-RICH’ By Sophie Barker

In Sophie Barker blog entries, the issue of super-gentrification by the rich is discussed. In the blog, the author noted that the phenomenon doesn’t substantially increase the prices of properties in the urban regions. The blog seems to indicate that the phenomenon is just a hype that is not based on fact. In this response…
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AN EXPLORATION OF URBAN DESIGN HEALTH, WELL-BEING, FLOURISHING

This lecture talks about the connection between urban aspects and the health and well-being of the inhabitants in such areas. The lecture starts with the discussion of the historical development of knowledge on the connection between health and environment. The lecture considers the contemporary issues of health such as the population caused by cars and…
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AN EXPLORATION OF THE DESIGN OF NEIGHBOURHOODS — Garden City

In this lecture, there were several areas that were covered. It covered neighbourhood design which included concepts related to site analysis, transport, clustering, centres & use, open space design and network of streets. The session also covered the ‘origins of the idea’ where the lecture looks at the origins of ideas and concepts about neighbourhood…
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Charrette: Architecture causing mistake

The charrette week was to celebrate the welcome for both undergraduate and postgraduate students of Architecture, Planning and Landscape in Newcastle University and to create an opportunity to make students who are from different design courses work together in a creative open environment. The theme of charrette was Flex, Flux and Fluff and made up…
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