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.


Comment on “Gap between buildings as new urban façade” by Tomonaga Kosaku

Tomonaga’s blog illustrates the voids or spaces in architectural designs that may be accidental or intentional. This is in the context of rapid urbanisation and architecture aimed at meeting the demands of growing cities and dynamic growth. The author attempts to give examples of how voids can be corrected through creation of an urban façade….
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Comment on “The Modernisation attempt of Newcastle Upon Tyne” by Voca Han

In Voca’s blog, she mentioned that Newcastle architectural design is defined by a combination of historical elements of the city which reflect habitation by the Air Force and a touch of modernity through what is commonly known as the Newcastle Central Development Plan. Characterised by elevated walkways which allow social interaction between habitants and generally…
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Residential Area Design in Newcastle: The Renovation of Park Place

Newcastle has several popular hotspots which include the City Centre, Jesmond and Gosforth. Jesmond is quite commonly flocked by professionals and families, as well as, students. The residential area which is within 10 minutes from the city centre with amenities such as eateries, shopping centres and bars.  The residential is characterised by terraced houses, flats,…
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Comment on “Regensburg: Protection and Innovation” By Runyu Zhang

The Blog about Protection and Innovation by Regensburg by Zhang (2018) is an informative article that discusses the Bavarian city of Germany which dates back to the Stone Age. The author provided insight into how the city has managed to have its heritage preserved by collective efforts of the Central Government and the local council…
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Live-Work Housing in an urban setup

The live-work housing was one of our housing types design in our Housing Alternative module. The concept of live-work housing is particularly of interest to me since its flexibility and feasibility gave dynamic changes in urban settings. The concept also called zero commute housing where both residential and workspaces are built within one block of…
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Pedestrianisation project of Barcelona city

I travelled to Barcelona on vacation, which is a city in Spain. What deeply inspired me was a pedestrian street — the La Rambla. The pedestrian street is very beautiful. There are various buildings and churches on both sides of the street. If you are tired on the pedestrian street, there are various diets to…
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BFL 12: THE RISE PHASE 1 IN SCOTSWOOD ASSESSMENT

As part of “Housing Alternatives”, we went to visit some development of the residential design. One of them is the Rise Phase 1 by Keepmoat, which is located in the Armstrong Road, Scotswood, Newcastle upon Tyne. I will try to use BFL12 to analyse and evaluate it below. 1.Neighbourhood Integration Connections: The BFL considers whether…
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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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