Urban Design with Mental Well-being in Mind

Tim Townsends lecture on the ways in which Urban Design can influence societies health and well-being provided an interesting insight into the ways into the way attitudes towards this have changed over time. I was most interested in the ways in which historically the relationship between health and place has been much more pronounced. Wendy…
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The Reflection of Blog: Semester 1

The Reflection of Blog: Semester 1 First of all, I would like to thank Professor Tim Townshend for the series of lectures on urban design theory. I think as a design major, theory is a necessary tool. Because theory is the advice left by designers of past dynasties, in addition many theories are the methods…
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Generic city

During one of Professor Ali Madanipour’s Urban Design Seminars we have discussed two papers called ‘The generic city‘ and ‘Whatever happened to urbanism?’ by Rem Koolhaas. Remment Lucas Koolhaas (Rem Koolhaas) is primarily concerned with producing the modernist sensation of defamiliarization. This is a kind of an avantgarde strategy of making ordinary experience too strange. Rem’s…
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Blogging experience of semester 1

Blogs are the most vital and interesting part of the module Principles and Practice of Urban Design in semester one. According to post blogs, the assessment requires us to reflect our own thoughts and opinions of lectures or other events, topics, theories or practices related to urban design, planning or sociology. We need learn to comment…
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A Reflexive Statement

To reflect upon this experience from semester one, I would start by saying I found the concept a little unusual, but fun at the same time. It was the first experience for me having my academic work displayed on a globally accessible platform, which really exemplified the fact that we are actively attempting to contribute…
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Comment: Urban Agriculture: A Functional Landscape

Upon coming across Winnie’s post on urban agriculture, it immediately piqued my interest. I have a deep interest in the relationship between the built environment and horticulture, and I would like to take the opportunity to thank Winnie for a fantastic and highly insightful post. As mentioned in the original post, increasing urbanisation is a…
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Comment: Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

Before sharing my thoughts, firstly, I would like to thank Sydney for a very interesting and insightful article. I am particularly intrigued by the notion that CPTED currently deflects crime as opposed to preventing it, but for this comment, I am hoping to raise an alternative issue that may be a catalyst for further conversation…
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BOGOTA CHANGE DOCUMENTARY

I want to share with all of you the link to a documentary about Bogotá city, in Colombia, called: “BOGOTA CHANGE” by the Danish film director Andreas Mol Dalsgaard, where he shows some big changes this Latin American city went through in order to show its citizens how to build the Bogotá they all wanted,…
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A Case Study of Landscape Urbanism in Rural Areas

Confronted with the destruction of natural environment and the convergence of local identity caused by urban sprawl and economy-led massive development, Landscape Urbanismhas been widely accepted as a new approach to urban design under the global consensus of sustainable development. In the lecture, Landscape Urbanism, delivered by Geoff Whitten, we went through the theories and…
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Comment to “Designing our Neighbourhoods to Promote Health and Well-being” by Laura Ovideo Matos

Thank you, Laura, for making a post in “Designing our Neighbourhoods to Promote Health and Well-being”. I found it interesting when you discussed about the physical environment because it has a strong relationship to the well-being of a human. As our Professor Tim Townsend discussed, well-being focuses on the psychological side, such as Hedonic meaning…
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