Hi there, I’m Yilan Zhang (Winona) and I’m from Taiyuan, a medium city in the north of China. I’m not new to NCL University. Actually, this is the fifth year I’ve been here. I studied Architecture and Urban Planning and have just graduated this year. I felt interested in the module outline of Urban Design and made a decision to study here for one more year. I’m passionate about the relationship between urban green spaces and human health and wellbeing. Furthermore, how people interact with the space in between the buildings is another topic that I’m interested in. I believe that Urban design will give me a chance to explore my areas of interest more this year. I have to say that Newcastle is a brilliant city to live in due to its friendly atmosphere. Four-year period in a whole life seems like a short term but for me, this four-year experience should definitely be one of the most significant and unforgettable parts of my life. This year is a beginning for me, but also can be seen as the end of a student life journey. I hope I can have a more memorable time here.


Comment on “Urban Green Spaces and Urban Life” By Runyu Zhang

As was suggested by Runyu in the blog, a large number of studies have shown that understanding more about the likes and dislikes of people concerning the public green spaces in the city might facilitate the planners to fulfill the needs of users by providing and managing the urban environmental friendly spaces effectively (Curran and…
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Comment on “Design of Urban Commercial Shared Street” By Runyu Zhang

In this blog, Runyu took Newcastle as an example and described how to design a commercial shared street in cities, which aroused great intreats from me. It is a new idea to me. In accordance with Runyu, commercial shared street may be a choice for places with high pedestrian activity and discouraged or low volumes…
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Comment on “Pedestrianisation project of Barcelona city” By Ling Ling

Lara shows a walking project in Barcelona to us in her blog. According to the master plan, the project is part of a larger plan to create more space for pedestrians and to give the city more bikes, walkers and trams. How to make a city more sustainable and livable through street design or pedestrian…
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How Newcastle City was Renewed – Cultural Regeneration

In recent years, with its great urban cultural attraction and urban life, the city of Newcastle has grown to become one of the most vivid cities in Britain. With five-year living and study in Newcastle, I become further enamored of its rich cultural history and modern achievements. However, if we look at the city in…
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Why Amsterdam Works So Well for Bikes

In the Netherlands, Amsterdam and the Hague, there are more bicycles than residents, and 70% of all journeys are made by bike. People not familiar with the concept of the bike taken as real traffic tools sometimes consider the Amsterdam – the famous bike-friendly capital of Holland – as a fantasy world, which are not…
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Street Furniture: An Important Factor in Street Design

With no doubt, the design of streets influence the our urban environment quality a lot. Smart street design can lower area temperature, drain storm water, decrease air pollution, and save cities’ costs. Streets, like all the spaces which we live in, influence our mental health. The street, as an extension of the building environment, possesses…
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Building for Life 12 Assessment: Park View, Gateshead

Park View, developed by Miller Homes, is located on Durham Road in Gateshead, which has closely connected to the Gateshead city centre. With the start of the new module on alternative housing schemes, we have been looking at the document Building for Life 12 to assessment the housing area by using three colours, green, amber…
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A Reflective Summary: Blogging Experience in Semester One

  The blogging experience in semester one is my first-time attempt to create the academic blogs. I enjoyed reading blogs before, but this is a new challenge for me to write one by myself. The lectures under the module Principles and Practices of Urban Design have provided us a lot of brilliant topics and theories…
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Comments on Tokyo Vertical Garden City by Tomonaga Kosaku

In the post, Tomo has introduced us the vertical garden city in Tokyo. He mentions that sustainability has become a significant factor applied in urban design. In order to develop the city as a sustainable city, Tokyo government has tried to design the city as a green city first. However, due to the large population…
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