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.


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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Comment on “Landscape Urbanism” by Sutong Yu

I appreciate what Sutong shared in her post named Landscape Urbanism. You briefly introduced us when and how Landscape Urbanismemerged and shared us four representative cases representing three different strategies of landscape urbanism, including regeneration of post-industrial sites, integration of transportation and public space, and revitalisation of derelict urban space and infrastructure. What I want…
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A Case Study of Landscape Urbanism in Rural Areas

Confronted with the destruction of natural environment and the convergence of local identity caused by urban sprawl and economy-led massive development, Landscape Urbanismhas been widely accepted as a new approach to urban design under the global consensus of sustainable development. In the lecture, Landscape Urbanism, delivered by Geoff Whitten, we went through the theories and…
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More Than Design: Thought on Charrette Week

  “Charrette Week is beyond my imagination.” I said to a partner in my charrette group at the exhibition party. It’s a pity that only when it was going to be ending was I really involved in the atmosphere. As far as i’m concerned, charrette is more than design. You learn to know the material…
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