The High Street: From Doom to Boom?

Charette Week at Newcastle University school of Architecture Landscape and Planning is an opportunity for inter-disciplinary discussion between artists, sculptors, architects and researchers around a central theme. Last year’s Charette Week revolved around the theme of the High Street, therefore I chose to reflect on the demise of the UK’s High Streets and reflect on…
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Grassroots Urbanism

Back in September, we had the pleasure of being invited to be a part of the UniHealth programme hosted in Newcastle City Centre. This project followed on from the work we had studied in Madrid in summer (as mentioned by Niamh). The UniHealth programme is an EU funded project which aims to share Urban design…
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(Not) Lonely This Christmas

Eat, drink and be merry. A mantra we enthusiastically embrace throughout the Christmas period. For many of us the annual festivities of Saint Nicholas include spending time with loved ones and gestures of good will to others. It comes with the dread of embarrassing yourself at the work party, having to fake your love for…
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UniHealth: European Education for Urban Health

During the summer of 2019, Naomi, Tori, Michael and I had the opportunity to visit Madrid to experience their take on Urban Design. Along with taking in the Spanish air, enjoying the sights of their capital city, and sampling the local delicacies – pigs ears might be a brave choice! – we were able to…
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PESTLE & WATER: ZERO-WASTE ON THE HIGHSTREET

Based in the heart of Grey Quarter in Newcastle City Centre, Grainger Market is a 19th century covered market hall home to over 100 small, independent businesses. Its importance to the local economy is paramount, and it provides a home for small garden centres, pubs, restaurants and DIY shops to name but a few. One…
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Charrette: Everyones Favourite Time of Year

Charrette week at Newcastle 2018 addressed the theme of ‘spectacular, failure, help’. It was a challenging and thought provoking brief that brought together students from across the school and departments, encouraging them to combine their unique experiences and skills to create a creative installation surrounding the theme. Myself and four others were challenged to create…
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Charrette Week Experience

The charrette in which I took part in focused on the highstreet and how we view brands. The initial focus on brands was to make us think about our perception of a product purely through how the logo looked. We then discussed, through looking at various companies, how their marketing of themselves on platforms, such…
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The Review Redesigned

What do you see when you think of an architectural review space? Is it a white-washed room? Bad acoustics? 15 pairs of judgemental eyes locked on you? All of the above? You’re not the only one. Architectural student review spaces have been the same since the beginning. Spaces to pin up your work in a…
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Retrofitting Heritage

18 Brinkburn Avenue, an abandoned building, with history and once meant something to the community, now, dead on a street with heritage. This stood out to me, I understand charrette week is meant to be fun, working with the different stages of the school, nevertheless, I wanted it to be beneficial towards myself. The project…
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Emotional High Street: Why go up when you could go down

Throughout the first week of academic year, the entire architecture school holds a week long challenge that tackles societal problems that faced in our community. This year, the challenge was called ‘High Street’. Every student on our MA Urban Design course was given a chance to choose 3 studios out of 10 of their own…
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