Laura Oviedo Matos

My name is Laura Oviedo. I am 26 years old, and I am from the Dominican Republic, a small, beautiful island in the Caribbean. I’ve graduated from Architecture School on September 2015 at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. I am passionate about Urban Design, specifically community involved design of public spaces. I define myself as a creative, adaptable, self-motivated and down to earth individual, driven by a humanist sparkle.

What I want to achieve through this Master is to stamp in each urban design project the identity of the community that inhabits, builds and transforms it. To turn the places between buildings into vivid places that attract people because they combine a series of conditions that make them memorable and invite you to experience them. To motivate other Architects to modify that old-fashioned way of designing, enclosed in a workshop, arbitrarily proposing what a community needs or not, for one in which we directly engage with the experts, the people.


I want to share with all of you the link to a documentary about Bogotá city, in Colombia, called: “BOGOTA CHANGE” by the Danish film director Andreas Mol Dalsgaard, where he shows some big changes this Latin American city went through in order to show its citizens how to build the Bogotá they all wanted,…
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My experience participating in the Blog 2018-2019 (Semester 1)

Let’s start by saying that doing this blog was not the typical assessment for any class. I have never had submissions like these ones before, which made the process a lot more interesting. It was a relaxed-pace module, but at the same time so enriching and demanding. Having to exposure your writing style, the themes…
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Thanks, Sutong for such a descriptive post on the designing of neighbourhoods. As we all know, the traditional elements that compose a neighbourhood vary from one culture to another or even in the same city we can find different types of neighbourhoods, whether it is formed by terraced houses or high-density buildings, with social facilities…
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Designing our Neighbourhoods to Promote Health and Well-being

On the lecture presented by professor Tim Townshend on “Salutogenic Cities” were discussed the determinants of health and well-being in neighbourhoods, and how cities got affected when planning became all about the economy and car-focused design. It is known that where we live, and that environment’s conditions can affect our health. According to the Commission…
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Thanks, Winnie, for pointing out such an interesting subject on your post about the relationship between different modes of transport. It is really intriguing to me the way we can get cars, bike users and pedestrians to coexist at the same time, in the same space. Nowadays, this has been called “shared space”, which has…
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Streets as Places

On October 25th, 2018, I participated on a lecture about Sustainable Urban Transport by the Urban Designer Martin Podevyn, where we went through the evolution of transport through time, specifically with the appearance of motor vehicles, and how this shift has affected the urban environment, and the design and use of roads and public spaces….
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The charrette group I was part of was the “People Watching” one, where we were assigned an area of Newcastle city to observe and to film, in order to identify and understand how people use space, their behavior using it, and their perception of it. The area assigned to my team was Byker. We did…
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