Xinmin Yan

It's a pleasure for me to be here to present myself. I’m Xinmin Yan, as known as Yvette. I previously studied BSc Urban and Rural Planning in my hometown, Nanjing. It is the first time and exactly a challenge for me to study abroad.

What makes me not afraid to come here, is probably the interest for urban design. Coming from an ancient capital of China where preserves several historical districts with strong cultural contexts, I am particularly passionate about the transformation and upgrading of ancient architectural communities, especially coordinating urban spaces, architectural spaces and human activity spaces through using a modern and technical method in order to establish a sustainable urban environment for citizens.

Outside of Urban Design, I am attempting to make my life flavored, like learning how to cook, traveling more. I hope that when I recall the time in Newcastle later, I will think it is a meaningful and memorable period.

The Coexistence of Urban Traditional Quarters and Consumption Space——Taking Nanjing 1912 Traditional Quarter as an Example

1 Nanjing 1912 Cultural Quarter’s consumption space status 1.1 Location traits Figure 1 Masterplan of 1912 Cultural Quarter 1912 Cultural Quarter (the founding of the Republic of China in 1912) is separated from the former National Government of Nanjing by a wall. It is hoped that the unique cultural attributes and historical origins of the…
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Inspiration from the renovation of the New York High Line

The High Line is a park converted from the abandoned industrial elevated railway in New York. It is a classically successful story in the renovation of modern industrial heritage in the United States. Its design gives full respect for local history, culture and venue, as well as its successful development model called “public-led”, can provide…
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Building for Life 12 assessment: Sinclair Meadows Eco-villiage

In order to have a deeper understanding of Building for Life 12 document which is used to evaluate whether a place is good for living, we visited and analyzed several sites by a simple ‘traffic light’ system as a part of a module on housing alternatives schemes. The project that I follow with interest is…
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Comment to “A Case Study of Landscape Urbanism in Rural Areas” by YaLi Gao

In Yali’s blog, she discussed why landscape urbanism emerged and proposed a case study called the reform of Yuanqian SHE in southeastern China. From her induction, I realized that landscape urbanism organically combines environmental, spatial and social contexts. It also compresses the polarization between design and planning, and strives to combine the strengths of each….
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Blogging experience of semester 1

Blogs are the most vital and interesting part of the module Principles and Practice of Urban Design in semester one. According to post blogs, the assessment requires us to reflect our own thoughts and opinions of lectures or other events, topics, theories or practices related to urban design, planning or sociology. We need learn to comment…
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Gentrification and indifferent neighbourhood in Nanjing

In the 1960s, British sociologist Ruth Glass took notice of the phenomenon of anti-suburbanization taking place in London. This showed the middle class replaced the working class and returned to the urban centre, which he called “gentrification” (Glass, 1964). After the climax of suburbanization in western countries during the 1970s – 1980s, a great many…
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Comment to “Compact City, Mixed-used Development: Livable Cities?”

Thanks, Li-Hsuan Hung, for making a post about compact city and mixed-use development! By comparing the urban sprawl in Mumbai, India, and the intensive development of New York, USA, he concluded “Sprawling cities decline quality of life; compact, mixed-use developments yield economic and social benefits.” In fact, compact cities have various definitions. Mclaren (1992) argued…
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What does a sustainable neighbourhood look like?

Respond to the lecture “Design of Neighbourhoods” by Ali Madanipour, Professor of Urban Design The concept of neighbourhood planning has extraordinary persistence, especially in the practice of British and American planning. It withstood the devastating criticism of “the doctrine of salvation by bricks” (Jacobs, 1961) and “the non-place urban realm” (Webber, 1969). Finally it reappeared…
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Making Spectacular

Charrette week annually offers students from Newcastle’s university of Architecture, Planning and Landscape a platform to devise a combination of creative outputs. This year, the theme of the project that I participated in called “Making Spectacular”. The aim of it was to abstractly establish a pleasing community with some objects. Preparation period   Our group…
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