Comment: Transforming Urban Waterfront

Thank you for sharing this interesting article on waterfront regeneration. Indeed, the river was always an important factor for the success and prosperity of a city in the past, especially during the Industrial Revolution. The decline of industrial activities has led to sites along the river left vacant and in a derelict state. This could…
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Big Data and Participatory Planning

Over the past few decades, the advance in technology has changed the way people live, work and play. Nevertheless, it appears the planning system has remained largely unchanged during the same period. Today, many Local Planning Authorities are still using the same systems and processes that they have used over a decade ago. For officers,…
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Comment – Why Save Historic Building?

Thank you for sharing this interesting article on historic buildings. In fact, it is heart-breaking to see this historically important building is severely damaged by fire! In the UK, we have a strong emphasis on preserving our historic buildings and places. These old buildings reflect the time they were built and form part of the…
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Comment: Inspiration from the renovation of the New York High Line

Thank you for sharing this interesting article on the New York High Line. Whilst the High Line is one of the most popular and successful tourist developments in recent years, a new cultural riverside linear park, the Tide, is set to open in London summer this year (Greenwich Peninsula, 2019). Located in Greenwich Peninsula and…
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Comment: How does Copenhagen use green traffic system to guide urban renewal?

Thank you for sharing this interesting article on green traffic system and urban renewal in Copenhagen. Indeed, a good public transport network is essential to the success and the development of a city. With the continual growth in urban population, meeting the needs for housing and transport requirements are still ongoing issues in many cities….
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The Future of Urban Motorways?

In light of the legal order on air quality from the central government, Councils in Newcastle, Gateshead and North Tyneside are consulting on measures to improve air quality in certain areas (Breathe Clean Air, 2019). These areas include part of the A167 Central Motorway, which is a vast, multi-lane road located to the eastern edge…
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Why are there so few tall buildings in the UK?

Recently, a 305m tulip tower with leisure, tourist and education facilities has obtained planning approval by the City of London Corporation. The proposed scheme will be located on 20 Bury Street, beside the Gherkin Tower and other tall buildings. Locally in Newcastle, a 82m tall building proposal in Rutherford Street has granted permission back in…
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BfL 12: Axwell Park

Axwell Park is a development located Derwent Valley, a suburban area in Blaydon Gateshead. It comprises of Axwell Park Hall and its historic estate lands, which collectively forms the ‘Axwell Park Estate’. The site is within the designated Axwell Park Conservation Area with Axwell Park Hall as a Grade II* listed building. Developed by Eight…
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