Sutong Yu

Hello! My name is Sutong and I come from Chengdu, a city with profound history in China. It is my fourth year studying at Newcastle University as I completed my undergraduate study in Architecture and Urban Planning (AUP) here and now I am continuing my study in MA Urban Design. The previous three-year study was a fulfilling journey that allowed me to explore significant ideas about architecture and cities and has aroused my strong interest in urban design.
I lived in Singapore for more than three years before I came to the UK. Studying in foreign countries allows me to explore diverse cultures and experience the charm and various characteristics of different cities. I appreciate the benefits that cities provide us, and I am particularly interested in improving the quality of built environment as it is closely related to the quality of our daily life. I believe that urban design should respect local conditions and reflect the unique local characteristics.


Comment on “The Living City”

Thank you, Sophie, for sharing your thoughts about the Living city.  I’m particularly impressed with the historic image of Northumberland Street before being pedestrianised in your post as it demonstrates how successfully the street has been transformed to a street for people. I totally agree that a living city should be of pedestrian priority. My…
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Comment on “Potential of abandoned industrial areas”

Thank you, Ainaz, for analysing the potentials of abandoned industrial areas from various aspects. I am also very interested in the regeneration of post-industrial sites, and I do agree that due to their cultural and historic value, the abandoned industrial legacies have the potential to be transformed to positively influence regional image and local community…
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Comment on “Can Co-housing go mainstream?”

Thank you, Sophie, for your post about Co-housing. I agree that there are some barriers that make co-housing difficult to deliver in the housing market. Having co-housing as a design concept and discussing it with others since the last term let me realise that not everyone can accept the idea of sharing space and facilities…
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Lessons from Detroit

Detroit got the nickname ‘Motor city’ when it was the centre of the American automotive industry. However, due to the decline of its dominated automotive industry as well as white flight, Detroit has suffered from dramatic population loss, economic decline and urban blight since the 1950s and announced its bankruptcy in 2013. A variety of…
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Public Housing in Singapore

Affordable housing plays an important role in achieving social stability as it unites people of different socio-economic, educational and cultural backgrounds, which promotes diversity and reduce racial tension and discrimination. Public housing in Singapore, also called HDB flat, is one of the most successful public housing programmes in the world. While many other Asian countries…
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Comment on “Urban Public Space in Paris”

Thanks Gin, for bringing up the importance of public space in urban design in your post. Spending most of your time walking and cycling during your trip in Paris must be very interesting and let you learn a lot, because I believe these are the best ways to experience and understand a city. The quality…
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Low-carbon Community – a Response to Environmental Crises

Our society has various environmental issues and challenges to confront with, such as global warming, sea level rise, water scarcity, air and water pollution, etc. The United Nations Climate Summit in Copenhagen in 2009 was claimed to be the last chance to deal with climate change; the global awareness of negative impacts of human activities…
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Building for Life 12 – Smith’s Dock

Smith’s Dock is a modern coastal community locates in North Shields, facing River Tyne. I am going to assess Smith’s Dock housing scheme according to Building for Life 12 (BfL12), a useful guide that sets out criteria for well-designed homes and neighbourhoods. (Image from Google Map)   Integrating into the neighbourhood 1. Connection Smith’s Dock…
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Personal Blogging Experience

In the first semester of MA Urban Design, practitioners from various specialist fields in the built environment were involved in the module TCP 8090 Principles and Practice of Urban Design to introduce a series of urban-related theories and topics, which is an inspiring learning process that opened my view to both theoretical and practical issues….
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Comment to “Sustainable Transportation for Better Future”

Thank you Mudit, for your post of sustainable transport. As you have mentioned, walking and cycling are the two most sustainable means of transport, urban design and planning should provide pedestrians and cyclists’ friendly environment. Additionally, since sustainability is at the municipal level in Europe, a variety of policies have been introduced to discourage car-dependency….
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