Tori Ellis

Hi, I’m Tori, a 6th year MArch student at Newcastle University. Enhancing the lives of others is my passion. Architecture is the medium I hope to achieve this through.
John Rawls and Richard Rogers concepts that a fair society needs designing through a ‘veil of ignorance’, arranging affairs ‘without knowing what your position would be – rich or poor, handsome or ugly, healthy or ill’ has particularly influenced my design ethos. As our societal inequality gap and environmental crisis exacerbates, I’m keen to actively engage with communities, politics and cultures, to create urban environments for all citizens, indiscriminate of circumstance.

To Blog or Not to Blog?

  That is the question. Well I guess, actually for me, there was no question about it. Blogging was a requirement of this module, so I had to overcome my fear. Initially the thought of posting online, for anyone to see, filled me with dread. Blogging is not the platform I would have chosen to…
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Does money really grow on trees?

Banal, bland and bleak. The three words that described the hospital visit to see my 8-year-old sister, a newly diagnosed Diabetic. All the symptoms were there – rapid weight loss, excessive thirst and constantly needing the toilet – but no-one wanted to face the imminent reality. Watching my sister’s life completely transformed in that one…
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(Not) Lonely This Christmas

Eat, drink and be merry. A mantra we enthusiastically embrace throughout the Christmas period. For many of us the annual festivities of Saint Nicholas include spending time with loved ones and gestures of good will to others. It comes with the dread of embarrassing yourself at the work party, having to fake your love for…
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Garden Villages: A 19th century solution to a 21st century problem?

CAN GARDEN VILLAGES SOLVE TODAY’S PROBLEMS OR DO THEY MERELY RISK CREATING DISGUISED SUBURBIA?   Turning in his grave or jumping for joy, how would Ebenezer Howard, mastermind of the Garden City movement, react to the latest wave of garden villages to be announced? Unfortunately, it could easily be the former. Seaham, discussed in IDP’s…
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