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 Runyu describes in this blog, many studies have argued that a better understanding of people’s preferences about public urban green spaces may inform urban planners to effectively provide and manage urban green spaces to meet users’ needs (Curran and Hamilton, 2012). Urban green space, such as parks, forests, green roofs, streams, and community gardens,…
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Comment on “Design of Urban Commercial Shared Street” By Runyu Zhang

Runyu has described how to do a commercial shared street design in an urban area with a case study of Newcastle city in this blog. I am quite interested in this topic, commercial shared the street because it is a new idea for me. Runyu mentions that A commercial shared street environment should be considered…
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How Newcastle City was Renewed – Cultural Regeneration

Cultural regeneration also appears to have played a role in attaining the City’s new status. In 2000, Newcastle councils formed a partnership with Gateshead in order to pursue a shared ambition of ensuring cultural regeneration with the aim of promoting the area as a tourist destination (SERIO, 2010). More recently, a strong partnership was established…
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Why Amsterdam Works So Well for Bikes

There are more bicycles than residents in The Netherlands and in cities like Amsterdam and The Hague up to 70% of all journeys are made by bike (Garrick, 2017). People unfamiliar with the idea of the bicycle as real transportation sometimes see Amsterdam—the famously bike-friendly Dutch capital—as a fantasyland that has very little to do…
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Street Furniture: An Important Factor in Street Design

Undoubtedly, the street design has profound effects on the quality of our urban environment. Smart street design can reduce area temperatures, absorb stormwater, combat air pollution, and save cities money (Hawkes and Sheridan, 2009). Streets, like all of the spaces in which we function, affect our mental well being. The street, as an extension of…
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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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