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.

Comments on “a living city”

Thanks to Sophie for the blog, which has caused us a lot of thinking. There is a term called “livable city”. What does the livable city should be like? In order to answer this question, I specifically looked at the views of scholars or institutions on it. The City PLUS long-term plan developed by Greater…
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How urban space will develop after mega events

Mega events have a huge and far-reaching influence on economic and cultural aspects of a city. Thanks to the global attention, it can bring opportunities to the host city to improve its value and show itself to the world. Olympic Games as a mega event is also true. The host city will restore the normal…
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Comment on “The relationship between mental health and cities”

Thanks to Gin for writing a good blog. Honestly I thought that mental health is inextricably linked to the urban environment for a long time. Gin summed up the reasons for increasing the psychological problems of the city, and I followed and read through several materials on how to improve the urban environment to help…
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Comment on “The Future of Urban Motorways?”

Thank you Skyz for a thought-provoking blog about the transformation of A167 motorway. As early as a few months ago, when I was hanging out in Newcastle, I noticed A167(M) motorway. I heard huge noise and felt a sense of dizziness while standing on the crosswalk above it and watching cars passing under my feet….
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Comment on “why save historic buildings”

Thank you Li-Hsuan for letting us know the meaning of historical architectures. In his post, Li-Hsuan quoted a sentence from Jane Jacob: Old ideas can sometimes use new buildings. The sentence also touched me a lot. There are many modern buildings in China that use old-fashioned architectural elements.Traditional architectural elements are often influenced by the…
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How does Copenhagen use green traffic system to guide urban renewal?

Taking advantage of the Easter holiday, I travelled to Copenhagen, Denmark. During these few days, I found that the public transportation system is exact developed. The administrative area of ​​Copenhagen is relatively small, consisting mainly of the old town, the port area and the northern part of Amager Island. How to intensively use land in…
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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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