Thanks for giving me an opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Runyu Zhang. My friends all call me Summer. I come from Suzhou, a beautiful and romantic city which was made famous by the Suzhou Chinese Gardens in China. That was also a reason why I pay more attention to buildings and urban design. My father is a civil engineer. The job that my father did also influenced me choosing the major that I want to study. I did undergraduate courses of Architecture and Urban Planning in Newcastle University in Newcastle Upon Tyne for three years. Recently, I start my postgraduate program MA Urban Design. Before that I learnt how to use the software to express my design ideas and practicing a lot. I think I will have a deep understanding of the essence of urban design and improve my abilities of design and analysis with my one year graduate study. The pace of urbanization in China is Accelerating. It is important to construct a sustainable city. People should benefit from urban design in the city and it should also work to protect the environment. I want to try my best to improve the city life. The East has the different design planning and development system from the West. They both have their own features. I have broadened my horizons here and feel that I can apply new ideas of urban design and use them freely.


Regensburg: Protection and innovation

The protection of the ancient building is a significant and popular topic in those cities which have a long history, especially in the European countries. In Germany, the protection of ancient buildings was combined with the central and local government. The central government gave the flexible legislative and disposing right to the local areas but…
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BFL 12: PARK VIEW DEVELOPMENT

In order to understand how the recent residential housing areas been designed these years, we visited some recent sites and developments and use Building for life 12 to analyse each development. Park View is one case of the case studies, which is located in Gateshead on the Durham road and developed by Miller Homes. Some…
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A REFLECTION OF BLOGGING IN SEMESTER ONE

It was my first time to write blogs. I learnt a lot from the academic discussions based on the lectures during semester one. I also learnt about different skills such as designing the blog, researching and writing a blog. The Group blog provided a place to discuss and share our thoughts and opinions on different…
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COMMENT ON YILAN ZHANG’S POST ‘SHARING-BIKES: A “NEW NORMAL” FOR SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT IN CHINESE CITIES’

In Yilan’s post, she talked about the sharing-bike system which became normal and popular as a sustainable transport. Sustainable mobility gives the suggest finding an effective way to product a consumption system which satisfies a demand for transportation (Vezzoli, et al., 2008). Nowadays, the public bicycle systems, or bike sharing system is under development. China…
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COMMENT ON THE POST ‘TOKYO VERTICAL GARDEN CITY’ BY TOMONAGA KOSAKU

In Tomo’s post, he mentioned that sustainability has become one important factor in urban design. In plenty of cities, more and more buildings lined up. There is no space for green spaces in the center of the urban areas. Building a garden city is one idea that can make a sustainable urban area and solving…
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Sustainable Urban Transport in Chinese Cities

People are suffering from the heavy traffic and the air pollution, especially in big cities. During the past years, people paid more attention on building modern cities but ignore the environment problems. Nowadays, transport becomes a serious and difficult factor when designing the urban areas. The limited spaces which result from the number of cars…
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Urban design: health, well-being, flourishing

As we all know, there are many links between health and the built environment. But during the recent decades, the links have not been focused on. The contemporary health issues become more complex and seriously. Health and well-being are different in some factors. WHO (1948) defined health as “a state of complete physical, mental and…
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Charrette: Walls

Charrette: Walls To celebrate the welcome of both undergraduate and postgraduate students of Architecture, Planning and Landscape courses, Newcastle University gave students a chance to celebrate the Design Festival by running a series of week-long projects during the Charrette week. There was an exhibition and celebration on the last day of the week. Charrette week…
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