Nadine Landes

Originally from Manchester but always on the move to a new city. Living in Amsterdam showed me the importance of putting cyclists before car users, pushing the boundaries between public/private space and the exciting new world of floating sustainable architecture. Lisbon introduced me to a beautifully European approach to restoring charming buildings and how to fully utilise public spaces. But it was Melbourne which broke my heart to leave. Constantly praised for being one of the world’s most liveable cities; it’s the quirky cafes spilling onto busy lane-ways, graffiti covered streets, the free tram network, new art installations popping up everywhere and the positive, progressive attitude all Melburnians walk around with that make this the greatest city I have ever lived in. I look forward to learning more about the world of urban design and sharing all my thoughts throughout the year!


Should prefabricated construction still be classed as ‘alternative’?

What is prefabricated construction? Modern methods of construction have been around since the Second World War, providing the industry with an efficient, reliable, affordable and sustainable building technique [1]. I explored this paradigm during the Housing Alternatives module and learnt that this construction method addresses the current housing shortage in the UK, the lack of…
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Could COVID-19 Change the way we design our cities?

Whilst we sit and watch the world change before our eyes, we can’t help but scramble, trying to capture just a little bit of our normal lives as we transition to a potential lockdown. Globalisation has opened a barrier to infection, a virus carrier can hop on a flight to any city in the world…
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Improve your well-being through biophilic design

It’s not a coincidence that we fill our homes with potted plants, blush every time we receive flowers or enjoy strolling through botanical gardens. Edward O Wilson argued that humans evolved alongside the natural world and therefore have an innate affiliation with it [1], this core principle will form the basis for my design thesis….
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Building for Life Assessment: Smith’s Dock, North Shields

Building for Life comprises of 12 criteria [1] in which a housing scheme can be assessed and awarded an appropriate red, amber or green symbol based on how successfully the development meets each criteria. I have chosen to analyse Smith’s Dock in North Shields – a trendy new development which combines cutting edge urban living,…
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Thinkin’ bout bloggin’

I was excited to take part in the blog; it is a platform which I have never personally used before and I was enthusiastic to share my opinions publicly. When putting my own work on the internet for everyone and anyone to see, it is a daunting and unfamiliar task – I have become accustomed…
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It’s Time to Reinvent the Eco-Village!

In a lecture presented by IDPartnership, the first slide outlined their company aim, which read: ‘creating sustainable places that enrich the lives of inhabitants and inspire people to live in an environmentally responsible manner.’ [1] I then wondered what extremity we can reach to design sustainable places. In my research I found a type of…
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Welcome to The Netherlands, Where There are More Bikes Than People!

Arriving in Amsterdam, summer of 2016, enthusiastic to fully integrate myself into Dutch culture on my much-anticipated study abroad exchange, I faced my first hurdle. My first step to becoming a local meant that I had to master the art of cycling in Amsterdam.After some very bad bartering at Waterlooplein Market, I completed my initiation…
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How does the high-street make you feel?

With more and more people shopping online, it isn’t surprising that our high streets are becoming ghost towns. UK retail lost 106,000 jobs in the past 3 years (Simpson, 2019). We’re all guilty of choosing to shop online in our pyjamas at home rather than go into an actual store on the high street, and…
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