WORTHLESS TO VALUEABLE: CHARRETTE WEEK

Before the start of our academic year, we had charrette week that involved different student from architecture school to work in group to experiment in a creative open environment. The main idea is to give new impulse to the building economy. We reused different material that were discarded in the renovation of Claremont tower to…
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Urban Design with Mental Wellbeing in Mind

The concept of mindfulness is not one that fits most people’s definition of the city environment, more often associated with density, intensity and to many, stress. However, as mental wellbeing comes to the forefront of global discussion, and the urban population continues to rise, the responsibility falls on Urban Designers to create spaces which nurture…
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‘SPECTACULAR TERRAZZO’

As a launching event for the academic year at Newcastle University, the entire Architecture school participates in ‘Charrette Week’, a short but fast-paced workshop week that aims to encourage creative thinking and introduce new ideas to students of all years. Going into the final year of my Architecture studies, I took part in the ‘Spectacular…
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CHARRETTE WEEK EXPERIENCE

Our group aimed to explore a creative way of thinking and working by building an audio-visual installation during the charrette week. We were divided into small groups to create animations and sound productions. After that, various elements were combined to create something spectacular. According to a randomly selected set of rules, animations were made by…
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charrette week:

Charrette week was a week of innovation by art major and architecture major. During this week, all students from stage 1 to master were randomly assigned to different groups for different innovative projects. Group 7 was a “Spectacular Strategy”. Themes were film, audio and creativity. Simply speaking, it was separated into two products, a sound…
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PEOPLE WATCHING

The charrette group I was part of was the “People Watching” one, where we were assigned an area of Newcastle city to observe and to film, in order to identify and understand how people use space, their behavior using it, and their perception of it. The area assigned to my team was Byker. We did…
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Making Spectacular

Charrette week annually offers students from Newcastle’s university of Architecture, Planning and Landscape a platform to devise a combination of creative outputs. This year, the theme of the project that I participated in called “Making Spectacular”. The aim of it was to abstractly establish a pleasing community with some objects. Preparation period   Our group…
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SPECTACLE!

Charrette Week is an annual one-week intensive design project held in the Architecture School at Newcastle University. A collective design process that merges first year students through to final year masters students, not to mention participation from urban design and fine art. The start of this academic year afforded a wide range of design studios…
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Studying Urban Design in Another Country

Arriving in Newcastle as a foreign exchange student I was not entirely sure what to expect. Over the past four years, I have studied Urban Planning and Design in Canada; where I grew up and hope to someday make a difference as an urban designer. Would urban design be similar to what I had learnt…
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A Spec of Colour

    An aspect of urban design that I want to share is the use of colour in the public space. I wonder why colour is not often used in the public arena. The use of colour can be defined as colourscape and can be used to activate spaces, providing character to an area but…
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