Hi, I am Tomonaga Kosaku, please call me Tomo. I came from Tokyo, the capital of Japan. I studied architecture four years in my country. I came accross landscape architecture in the fourth year of university and got interested in landscape and urban design. In my home town, there are packed high-rise buildings inconsistently. Therefore, lots of voids are unintentionally created and wasting space has been becoming serious problem as they are not acting as a part of cities. But, I wish any spaces would have potential to be the centre of the city. Moreover, my ambition is to design people’s daily activity in a long term. So, these made me decided to study urban design. Townscape in European cities is also one of the reasons to study abroad. In my country, almost all buildings are designed to resist earthquakes and look quite modern. Therefore, old buildings are gradually demolished and new landmarks are built instead. It destroys townscape in cities and looks messy which makes me annoyed. Townscapes of European cities look both consistently and beautifully arranged. And many style of buildings still remain in cities. I want to spend my time in cities like that. That is why I chose Newcastle to live and study. My hobby is reading, watching animation and housework except cooking. I hope to start enjoying cooking more during this time.


Reflective Summary: My Blogging Experience

It was a first time I wrote blogs. When I was a primary student, I was writing and drawing daily diary for long time. But the experience between blog and diary was totally different for me. When I wrote diary, I focused on what I thought, did and got in a day, so it was…
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Comment on Runyu Zhang’s post ‘Urban Design: Health, Well-Being, Flourishing’

Runyu Zhang clarified the difference of elements between health, well-being and flourishing. Refer to her description, mentality seems to be a common element so it can be said that how people feel is more important rather than how space work physically well. As she mentioned, talking to nature is good way to improve people’s mental…
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Comment on Yilan Zhang’s post ‘Sharing-Bikes: a “new normal” for sustainable transport in Chinese cities’

Yilan focused on sharing bikes as an approach for sustainable transportation. As she mentioned, recently just as the bike sharing has developed in China, Japanese government has also tried to promote it to reduce car traffic for sustainability, as well as promoting local transportation. However, bike sharing can only be promoted in local area, it…
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Potentials of blue-green infrastructure

To raise the quality of our lifestyle, mental and physical health and well-being are important factor. As we all know good quality natural landscape in urban areas can influence how people feel. What is blue-green infrastructure? Typically green and blue infrastructure is natural and semi-natural landscape elements that could form a blue-green network. For example,…
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Tokyo Vertical Garden City

Sustainability has become one of the significant factors in urban planning. It can be said the same thing in Tokyo as well and city government has tried to make city greenery. However, there are already lots of buildings lined up and no space for green in the city center. Originally Ebenezer Howard states the idea…
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CHARRETTE: THE LOOP

School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape arranged the Charrette as a welcome event to celebrate both undergraduate and postgraduate students. It was a week long project mixed with students in other courses. Charrette gave us an opportunity to encourage communication with other students and motivation to create something excited. It can also be a chance…
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