Winnie Wing Yee Wong

Hello, my name is Winnie Wong and I am a local born Chinese Geordie! I decided to do my MA Urban Design at Newcastle University, after graduating from my Bachelors in Architecture and Urban Planning in summer 2018; from the same university. I wanted to stay in the city because I believe that there are a lot of opportunities for development and would like to be part of that process. An area of Urban Design that I find interesting are the definitions of public and private space, which led me to focus my dissertation on the unused spaces for future homes in a populated city. My interests stemmed further in to public furniture after I voluntarily designed some modal filters for the Transport Department at Newcastle City Council. During my spare time I enjoy doing photography, volunteering at Vane Gallery and taking part in creative events. I hope you will understand me more through reading my blog post!


Comment to “The Late Shows – Cultural Events”:

Thank you, Harley, for sharing your experience of the Late Shows with us! The Late Show is such a great cultural crawl with events for everyone within the Ouseburn, Gateshead and in the city centre of Newcastle, like you said. It is a great break for students to relax from their studies, to go and…
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Comment to “Can Co-Housing Go Mainstream?”

Thank you, Sophie, for informing us about the importance and the benefits of co-housing! I also think that co-housing could be the next idea of future living. Organisations SPACE10 and Urgent.Agency released a series of articles called IMAGINE and one article titled as “Exploring the brave new world of shared living”, investigate the reasons for…
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Comment to “Why Save Historical Buildings?”

Thank you Li-Hsuan Hung for such an interesting and current topic! It was such a tragic news to hear about the Notre-Dame in Paris, buried in flames during the Easter break. I definitely agree with you that we should save historical buildings. As Kevin Lynch mentioned in his book Image of the City, the public…
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Boho Zone and CIAC, in Middlesbrough

What not to do but end the Easter weekend with a trip to Middlesbrough. After doing some research about Bohouse, a live-work typology in Middlesbrough, designed by XSite Architecture from Newcastle, I decided to visit it. However, whilst doing this research I came across a neighbouring apartment called “Community In A Cube”, also known as…
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Comment on: “Universal Design in Urban Public Spaces: “Tenji Blocks””.

Laura, thank you for sharing and celebrating the “Tenji Block” with us in such an interesting post! Like you said it is definitely important that we should incorporate universal designs in the public realm, especially for the vulnerable people. It has especially become a concern to involve universal design, where designers are creating blended, mixed…
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Driverless Gacha, by MUJI and Sensible 4

Recently, whilst I was scrolling through social media; I came across this sleek, mini driverless shuttle bus designed by MUJI and Finnish autonomous-driving company called Sensible 4 (Hitti, 2019). My first impressions were that it was small, friendly and compact, compared to large shuttle buses, making it easier to manoeuvre around the city. This is…
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Building for Life (BFL) 12 – Derwenthorpe, York

Derwenthorpe in York is a housing scheme that was developed by Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust (JRHT). My initial impression of the housing scheme is that the block sizes were really big, you could identify this as a new development from the rest of the neighbourhood. However, there was a fluent transition from this development from…
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Comment to “Designing our Neighbourhoods to Promote Health and Well-being” by Laura Ovideo Matos

Thank you, Laura, for making a post in “Designing our Neighbourhoods to Promote Health and Well-being”. I found it interesting when you discussed about the physical environment because it has a strong relationship to the well-being of a human. As our Professor Tim Townsend discussed, well-being focuses on the psychological side, such as Hedonic meaning…
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Reflection upon using the blog – Semester 01

Through taking part in the blog during semester 1, I believe that it was a good practice to get all the students from MA Urban Design to get to know each other better, as well as giving us more independence and management skills to organise this blog. I have also learnt that blogging was a…
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