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.


Comment on “Cultural Regeneration in Newcastle upon Tyne” By Voca Han

The cultural regeneration seems to have played a role in reaching the new status of a city. In 2000, Newcastle councils and Gateshead formed a partnership to achieve the common goal of ensuring a cultural regeneration to promote the region as a tourist destination. Recently, in spite of the loss of the European cultural Competition…
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Comment on “Micro-Flats” By Richard Keeling

This blog is mainly focus on the micro-flats, which is also called Nano flats. In the blog “Micro-Flats”, Richard mentioned that this kind of flats are mainly for people who are after a low-cost accommodation. These are a result of the housing crisis and unaffordable units in city zones. I really agree with these opinions….
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Comment on “Pedestrianisation Project of Barcelona City” By Ling Ling

Nowadays, the world put more rights on human beings. Most of the countries pay more attention to the pedestrianisation. The main purpose of design more areas for pedestrianisation is to reduce the private vehicles and the pollution. However, it is more flexible to deal with the relationship between vehicles and the pedestrian than what we…
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Comment on “Mossy Living Wall to Combat Urban Pollution” By Tomonaga Kosaku

Pollution in the urban areas is a serious global problem. As Tomo mentioned that approximately 9,000 Londoners and 50,000 Britons die prematurely each year due to respiratory, cardiovascular, and other pollutant-related diseases, new technology research and development to solve and reduce pollution is necessary.   Mossy Living Wall is a good start to solve the…
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Urban Green Spaces and Urban Life

Green Spaces are the integral part of the city. People are living in a society full of increasing stress, which lead to the unhealthy urban life. We all need is a place with fresh air, landscapes and greenery to relax (Newcastle City Council, 2004, p.5). The Councilor Ruth Robson said: “A popular, well-used and well-loved…
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Design of Urban Commercial Shared Street

For our communities, the streets are the lifeline. They are also the basis of our urban economy. They accounted for more than 80 percent of all urban public spaces. In addition, they help promote business activities, providing people with a safe place, whether it is walking, cycling, car or transit. Because of the vitality of…
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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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