Comment on Kuntal’s “Are Shipping Container Homes Affordable Housing Alternative ?”

Kuntal introduced and discussed some advantages of shipping containers involving flexibility, durability, and affordability in his blog. I partly agree with him except the durability. Shipping containers are originally produced for loading goods. It could only basically defend the terrible weather. However, it could difficult act well in thermal insulation and natural ventilation as a long-term living…
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Comment on Jackson’s “The position of urban green space in 21st Century”

Jackson discussed the importance of urban green spaces in today’s cities. I totally agree with that. Non-infectious and climate change are servious problems in 21st century. Sustainability is the most effective way to alleviate these issues. However, in overcrowded cities, we have limited spaces to develop. So, the new forms like roof garden, pocket park,…
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Comment on Sharon Zhu’s blog “Designing in Historic Environments”

In Sharon’s blog, she talked about how to preserve the historical heritages in China and particularly in a historic city Xian. I would like to comment with this blog is because of I studied in Xian for four years. Therefore, I have lots of experience with the preserving Xian’s historical feature. Firstly, I agree with…
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Comment on Sharon Zhu’s “Food and the City”

Sharon in her blog suggested the benefits of having urban farms in terms of solving the urgency of food supply in cities. I agree that the idea of “farm-to-table” is great when customers nowadays concern more on the food safety and freshness.  Taking Shanghai and Hong Kong from the blog as example, unlike other places,…
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Comment on Ryan Conlon’s “The Importance of the Urban Waterfront”

In the blog, Ryan introduced urban waterfronts’ role during industrialisation and de-industrialisation period.  We can see that most of the cities and towns in the world are built along waterfronts.  Cradle of civilisation were also situated along large river valleys. Adem raised a very interesting point focusing on the benefits of water as urban blue…
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Comment on Kuntal Rami’s “Famous Public Squares of Italy & It’s Importance in Urban Fabric”

Kuntal discusses public squares which he visited during the MAUD field trip to Italy, and the importance these squares hold within their respective cities. He highlights how the squares are used for festivals, public gathering and markets, stressing how their role is a significant one in cities. This supports Camillo Sitte’s (1945) claim, that cities had…
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Reflective Summary on semester 2

In the second semester, our main studio design project was about “Housing Alternatives”. Aim for this module was to learn and research about various types of housing development schemes and their work models. Before we started with our studio project we learned about “BFL 12” (Building for life) which are basically twelve design criteria to design and…
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