Neighbourhood Planning: A better place?

Neighbourhoods as comprehensive residential systems have existed throughout history and their physical traces can be found in ancient cities (Morris 1979; Madanipour 1994). The lecture by Ali Madanipour focused on different principles of Neighbourhood design, Origins of the idea, Garden cities, New Towns, New urbanism, Future of the idea.   ‘Everyone has neighbours, even the…
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Comment to “The Road: A Public Territory”

Thanks Winnie for your post! I thought you raised a very interesting question on the true inclusivity of roads as a public “territory”. I myself have observed a large domination of vehicles on roadways, particularly back in North America where alternative transportation users are so few. It is my opinion that roadways should be made…
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Streets as Places

On October 25th, 2018, I participated on a lecture about Sustainable Urban Transport by the Urban Designer Martin Podevyn, where we went through the evolution of transport through time, specifically with the appearance of motor vehicles, and how this shift has affected the urban environment, and the design and use of roads and public spaces….
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Compact City, Mixed-used Development: Livable Cities?

Introduction The concept of Compact City makes people think about the effect of garden city and urban development in the new generation. Two classic cases bellowing could show the importance of compact city as a key idea for cities to develop sustainably.

What does a sustainable neighbourhood look like?

Respond to the lecture “Design of Neighbourhoods” by Ali Madanipour, Professor of Urban Design The concept of neighbourhood planning has extraordinary persistence, especially in the practice of British and American planning. It withstood the devastating criticism of “the doctrine of salvation by bricks” (Jacobs, 1961) and “the non-place urban realm” (Webber, 1969). Finally it reappeared…
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The Road: A Public Territory?

Introduction: What is the idea of urban transport? Is it simply a trendy system, or towards the future of sustainable development and sharing road surfaces? In the present day the road can reflect segregation between car, pedestrian and cyclists. There is a hierarchy present. Perhaps, the road before the New Age would present much more…
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Archi_Tech/Tonic

Modernity has rapidly transformed our culture to one that is obsessive over consumption and technology. In this process, society has distorted how we see and use the urban realm. Both Rem Koolhaas and Renier de Graaf assert that architecture was lost in the twentieth century. If the urban environment manifest from architecture, have we lost…
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WHAT IS A GOOD PLACE? The ’loss of publicness’ of contemporary urban public places. A slippery concept of public space. Measuring Public Space: The Star Model.

Can we create “very good places” or is it only an illusion? THE PESSIMISTS: • Privatization and commodification of space • The end of public culture-fragmentation • The Golden Era and the “narrative of loss” • Placelessness and the standardization of place, globalization, loss of authencity A LOSS OF PUBLICNESS OF NEW PUBLIC SPACES: •…
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Discussing the “progressive” regeneration of inventory community: a case study of Byker in the UK

Urban regeneration is a significant category in the field of urban design. In the seventh lecture of Principle and Practice of Urban Design, John Sparkes, head of Regeneration South Tyneside Council, discussed how to achieve design quality in area based regeneration by taking an example of South Tyneside. Inspired by the both the 7th lecture and…
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Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design or “CPTED”, is a globally recognized design practice of using physical psychology to deter potential for crime. The term originates from early works of city philosopher Jane Jacobs, architect Oscar Newman, and criminologist C.R Jeffreys (Queensland Government, 2017); suggesting strong correlation to city design and how users behave. But can…
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