Site Visit and use of Building for life 12

Introduction Housing alternative will be the main project of semester two. This project is an extension from Skills in Urban Regeneration module in semester one. This project will be working on Science Central site and taking all the vision, concept and idea from semester one. Semester two will focusing more on housing and redesign based…
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Planning a Cohousing Scheme

Cohousing as a concept is a way of living based around sharing. It includes the sharing of common facilities along with the shared aims, ideas of living and activities. The planning of any cohousing scheme usually begins with the placement of the core areas that is the common house, community gardens and other shared spaces. The…
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BFL Analysis : Sinclair Meadows Co-housing Scheme

In semester 2 of our MA Urban Design course, students are going to focus on improving residential design & development processes operating in the United Kingdom at present time. Before starting with the design process, to understand the alternative types of housing schemes e.g. Co-housing, live-work housing & life cycle housing; we visited some of the…
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An analysis of Building for Life 12 (BfL12)

The main design project in semester two focusses on alternative forms of housing – appropriately named ‘Housing Alternatives’. Remaining at the same site as the previous design project (Science Central), we are to design a masterplan which consists of a co-housing model, a series of speculative housing developments such as live-work, private housing and social…
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Site Visit For Cohousing Project

Our second semester is a continuation of the Science Central but specifically interested in residential development in the area. The main objective is to experiment with alternative housing methods and produce a specific plot for Co-housing. We was introduced to alternative housing  by visiting three different housing sites: The Mailings in Ouseburn, Sinclair Meadows in South…
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Save Bees, Save Homo Sapiens

Bee Crisis Honeybees’ population has been dramatically dropping since the 1990s. Environment lacking in diversity, pesticide problems, colony collapse and parasites are reported as some of the main factors leading to the bee crisis. Bees become stressed, sick and weakened under these conditions.  During winter the temperature fluctuations leads to honeybees’ cluster to loosen.  When…
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The experience in Sinclair Meadows

My experience about Housing alternative is based on three sites which teacher brought us to visit. They are all in Newcastle and some of the features are very distinctive. We visited for three site which are Malings, The Rise and Sinclair Meadows. The most impressive one for me is Sinclair Meadows. Because of the eco-friendly…
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My Cases Visit Experience – The Mailings

Last week our group visited two case studies of co-housing. What I am interested most is named Mailings, located in Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle upon Tyne. This community opposites the Toffee Factory across a river. It includes a mix of 76 new homes and a small amount of commercial space. (“The Malings • Ouseburn Development”) (Figure…
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Semester 2 & Building For Life (BFL)

Design For Homes (2012) Building for life.

Introduction In the second semester of studies one of the main projects is a continuation of the Science Central development with an in-depth analysis and evaluation of housing. This will involve considering and designing alternative housing such as Co-Housing and Live-Work, exploring different typologies like town houses, courtyard, self-build as well as considering the economics…
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Reflexive summary of my Blogging experience

This was my first-time experience of blogging. I never even had read any other blogs on the internet before I came to know that we have to write blogs as a part of our assignment. I was very excited to do this new innovative way to do the assignment rather than writing the traditional essays…
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