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.


Comment on ‘Street furniture: an important factor in street design’ by Yilan Zhang

Street design might have impacts on quality of urban life. Yilan mentioned how street design might have effects on environment and people in particular she focused on street furniture. She said street furniture could have impacts on human well-being and spatial impacts to encourage social interaction. Case study / Newcastle upon Tyne Grey’s Monument Grey’s…
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Comment on ‘Barcelona and Antoni Gaudi’ by Voca Han

Voca showed the characteristics of Barcelona looking from architectural and urban perspectives. And she especially focused on Gaudi’s architecture and his style. As she mentioned, basically his architecture might be based on inspiration coming from nature, which is called Art Nouveau. Art Nouveau is one of the modern style of art, and architecture that first…
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Comment on ’Autonomous Vehicles’ by Richard Keeling

Autonomous vehicles will be a trend to improve infrastructure system. Richard mentioned how it work and give impacts on current infrastructure. Due to population growth and aging population, the demand and numbers of own cars might increase so Autonomous Vehicles might have impacts on reducing numbers of cars and car parking as well. So it…
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Gap between buildings as new urban façade

Background For at least a century, governments have tried urbanism in their nations. As a consequence, since 1950 rapid urbanization has given enormous pressure on urban development in many cities and might has been faced with the scarce supply of lands and made buildings higher in urban areas. There might also be another causes to…
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Approaches as a response to sea level rise and flooding

Background How to response to sea level rise and flooding has currently become a serious issue due to population growth and activity in coastal areas especially low-lying areas. It is predicted that 2100,600 million people will live on coastal flood plains below the 1000-year flood level. So protecting flooding must be significant consideration in future….
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Mossy living wall to combat urban pollution

A cleaner and healthier benefits people so that clean air is important for people’s health and the environment, essential for making sure our cities are welcoming places for people to work and live. Therefore, it might be significant to control levels of air pollution and improve air quality. This might be the world’s first intelligent…
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BFL 12 ASSESSMENT: SINCLAIR MEADOWS

Sinclair Meadows, in South Shields is one of the housing developments designed by Four Housing Group we visited as case study to response to the housing project. Integrating into the neighborhood 1, Connections The site is located along the main road so the connection integrates into the existing road network. But there is one entrance to…
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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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