Wasteland To Dreamland: Regenerating Urban Environments

A majority of planners and designers fantasize and dream of making the world a better place, many of us, myself included. Use this as the reason why we do what we do, with money and sometimes fame being an afterthought. Albeit a very welcome one. But how can we achieve making spaces better in the…
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British Developers should Cough Up CAC

While our public space suffers funding cuts, two top examples show us how they design ‘liveability’ After the recent UK election result, a bleak future for British cities and towns has dawned on many Urban Designers, Architects and Landscape Urbanists. For the past 9 years – and now the subsequent five – Britain shall continue…
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No Cars Needed in Freiburg – What about UK cities?

Taking influence from one of the oldest eco-districts GWL-Terrien, Vauban District, Freiburg is arguably one of the world’s best examples of sustainable urban living. The fascinating thing is that the district was completed in 2000 – two decades ago! However, we don’t see any districts to this sustainable standard in the UK to this day….
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The rising of sea levels and floating homes in Netherlands

Everytime we think about our future and our environment, the first thing that pops out in our head is ‘the climate change’. This particular issue has dominated our conversations, thoughts and future actions. This societal and ecological dilemma has sparked younger generation’s enthusiasm and developed a voice to challenge our government to take action. An…
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Public Bike Schemes do not work…?

Many of today’ sustainable cities have implemented policies and ways to include sustainable transport, especially diverse modes for the everyday person as mentioned in Alan Wann’s lecture. Cities such as Munich and Copenhagen have refocused from a transport association to a mobility association, taking in new ways of mobility including park and ride, bike and…
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Get on your bike: Reintroducing sustainable transport.

A substantial 15% of the pollutants contributing to climate change come from the exhaust fumes from automotive vehicles. Whilst the advancement of electric car technology will reduce these emissions, this will only help in the global sense if the electricity is itself produced by sustainable methods. It is therefore vital that we encourage the sustainable…
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Staiths South Bank, Gateshead – What Would Erskine Say?

Whilst urban design remains a broad, multi-disciplinary practice, there are several elements that urban design must consider when trying to create better places for people. These include aspects such as sustainability, aesthetics, functionality, diversity and flexibility. Such components are particularly relevant and necessary in residential developments in which, theoretically, people should be at the fundamental…
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The development of urban knowledge economy

The development of knowledge economy in city In this short one-semester study of urban design, I often think about how some cities with economic decline are transforming, how to develop their economy, and how to make their local residents live a higher quality of life. One keyword at a time has entered In my eyes: knowledge…
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(Un)Sustainable Public Transport?

The holy trinity of walking, cycling and public transport usually springs to mind when the term ‘sustainable transport’ is mentioned, whilst private vehicles sits at the polar opposite. Transport Canada identifies the goal of sustainable transport as “[ensuring] that environment, social and economic considerations are factored into decisions affecting transportation activity” (VTPI, 2017). However, with…
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MISSION POSSIBLE: Crime prevention through environmental design

One of discussion topics of Tim Townshend’s lecture briefly touched upon Jane Jacob’s ‘The Death and Life of Great American Cities’. While reading the book, I have encountered an intriguing chapter, namely ‘The uses of sidewalks: safety’[1]. It essentially urges to provide a safer and securer environment for people in the streets. Given that crime…
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