Hello! My name is Yali Gao and you can call me Grace, the same meaning as my Chinese name. In light of the knowledge that I have received in Architecture of Xiamen University, together with the desire to explore cities and to expand my design capacity, I decided to pursue further study under the field of Urban Design in Newcastle University. I always believe that a responsible architect and urban designer needs not only a solid foundation of expertise but also a sense of city appreciation, inspiration and creativity. Best loved public spaces shape the vitality of cities. So in my all design projects, I always attached importance to public spaces’ impact on the site where people could build close relationship by public interaction. I think one-year study in Urban Design will enhance my deeper understanding of public places and improve my design skill. Really look forward to what I will learn and experience during the coming year in the UK.


Comment on “Porta Nuova – Milanese case study” by Harley Wilkinson

Thank you Harley for introducing and analyzing the successful urban redevelopment project in Milan. I paid visit to Porta Nuova as well during the Milan study trip. At my first sight, I thought Milan was “a grey city”, as you said, until I travelled to the massive “urban oasis”. In terms of the public open…
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A Home for All: Six Experiments in Social Housing

This Tuesday, we finally finished the Housing Alternatives module, which enhanced our understanding of current housing forms in the UK, like custom-build, co-housing, modern methods of construction, future homes and so on. But one missing alternative among all is social housing. I happened to visit an exhibition, named “A Home for All”, held by the…
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Comment on “How to design the pedestrian street landscape?” by Zijian Zheng

Since streetscape is a significant component of urban design, Gin has outlined the design principles for us. Thank you, indeed, because I am also interested in streetscape and pay attention to local streetscape every time I travel todifferent cities. Here I want to share some streetscape I photographed recently. (Fig.1) Fig.1 Streetscape of different cities…
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Comment on “Why save historic building” by Li-Hsuan Hung

Thank you Danilo for raising such a meaningful question and clearly summarizing the value of historic buildings, which demonstrate that they are worthy of conservation. As far as I am concerned, it is also significant to discuss “how” to save historic building. I will mainly adopt the Burra Charter (2013) as the reference to list…
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Digital Heritage, Enduring Value: Reflection on Notre-Dame Fire

Since Paris Notre Dame was fired on 15 April 2019, concern on restoring it has been arousing. France released architectural competition about the restoration and various singular even outrageous proposals emerges (fig.1), which brings about a new debate whether Notre Dame should be restored to the original appearance or not. In most people’s opinion, Notre Dame…
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Roam in Rome

During the weekends of Milan study trip, I went to Rome by myself. Rome, the eternal city, has witnessed thousands of years of history and accumulated great civilization. With the longing for world-known master works in Rome, I roamed around the city from dawn till dusk, tireless. I walked through all the want-to-go places marked…
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Building for Life 12 Case Study: Sinclair Meadows, South Shields

Building for Life 12 (BfL12) contributes to proposing better housing development by outlining three categories and twelve questions, at least nine out of which should be “green” based on a traffic light system so that to create a better place. As BfL12 has been influencing and leading England’s residential design process, it will benefit us…
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Comment on “Gentrification and Indifferent Neighbourhood in Nanjing” by Xinmin Yan

It is impressive for me to read Xinmin’s blog on gentrification, since I have paid much attention to this phenomenon that usually takes place during urban regeneration. In Xinmin’s blog, she took an example of Nanjing’s downtown development to analyse the relationship between gentrification and gated neighbourhood. It is beyond my knowledge that Xinmin attached…
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Reflection: Why not Blog?

I was always curious about why the assessment is blog not essay. Now I guess the answer is my reflection on my blogging experience in semester 1. There are distinctive differences between blog and essay, like the quantity of topics, process of writing and form of feedback. In my opinion, those differences make a big…
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