Gentrify this

A look into the impact of commodification on social mixing in public spaces In her analysis of measuring public space, Georgiana Varna examines the roles of public space and what it has become (as a result of intentional or unintentional drivers).  Her extensive research into urban design and the surrounding theories has led her to…
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It’s Time to Reinvent the Eco-Village!

In a lecture presented by IDPartnership, the first slide outlined their company aim, which read: ‘creating sustainable places that enrich the lives of inhabitants and inspire people to live in an environmentally responsible manner.’ [1] I then wondered what extremity we can reach to design sustainable places. In my research I found a type of…
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Improved Urban Form: A Collective Goal?

Who actually  designs our urban environment?   After attending a recent lecture “Place Making in the Garden Village Tradition” by Mark Massey from IDPartnership, it forced me to begin to wonder, who actually designs our urban environment? Particularly with regards to housing developments, I’m interested in deciphering where the voice and the power comes from…
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Why do Chinese cities have wider roads than European cities?

First of all, China has a history of multiple cities, because many are precisely dominant. From the ruler’s point of view, it is neat and broad to look magnificent. Therefore, most cities in ancient Chinese history are wide roads, typical of which are changan city in the sui and tang dynasties and Beijing city in…
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Practice of Urban Design Getting More Challenging?

The population of the world has been constantly increasing, according to last year’s statistics, there are nearly 80 million new residents in the world (UN, 2019). Urban planners, designers, architects and all other related professions have been creating new urban areas and even brand-new cities respond to the needs of people. According to architect Alejandro…
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A blogpost on my thoughts about blogposts

I had never written a blogpost until I wrote my first one for this page. I wasn’t too sure what to expect from the experience, or if it was something I would enjoy, or even what the right or wrong way to write a blogpost was. Although, over the duration of this experience, I came…
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Urban Identity: Marketing Tools

On my trip winter break, I have spent around 3.5 hours flight from Manchester, the UK to Marrakech, Morocco. I plan to visit five beautiful cities in Morocco: Marrakech, Fez, Chefchaouen, Tangier, and Casablanca. During land travel, I spent a night camping in the Sahara desert, but I don’t want to tell this fantastic experience…
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British Urban Design and Urban Revival

1 Update background Britain is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. Marine transportation is the backbone of British transportation and trade, and many famous port cities have also been built. The waterfront has become the main entrance to the port city, and itself has become the most dynamic trading area in the city. In the later…
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The life of a person who lives in a ‘copy and paste’ housing developer’s principle

The place I currently live, there is a lot of housing and neighbourhood constructions that are taking place. Places like Ashington, Cramlington, Bedlington and the rest of Northumberland has their own housing constructions with similar housing developers. (Persimmon Homes, Gleeson Homes, Barratt Homes just naming few.) As of the moment, UK is facing a housing…
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