Clean Energy and Sustainable Communities

Why Sustainable Communities? Sustainability is one of the key driving factors in all aspects of modern governance, planning and design, investment in the clean energy sector multiplied six times between 2004 and 2017, (Bloomberg), and Greening Government Commitments introduced in the UK in 2011 set about clear environmental targets for central government (HM Government, 2012)….
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Comment to “Let’s build an Age-Friendly City!”

In this post Laura explores the growth of ageing population in the UK with a key focus on independent supported living for elders. I’d like to add to this post by considering what housing types are the most suitable and comfortable for the elders. During the work on Extra care housing scheme this semester my group…
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Revitalisation of industrial areas: world experience

Restructuring of the world economy and the process of global industrial production centers shifting in 1970s – 1980s have become a reason to search for new ways of use the large-scale engineering structures, both in cities and beyond. There is an understanding of industrial sites as historical and cultural heritage. “Rotermann CITY” (“Rotermanni kvartal”), Tallinn,…
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Comment to “Inspiration from the renovation of the New York High Line”. HPP-2 as a progressive center that takes us back to the ideas of romantic futurism

Thank you, Xinmin Yan, for your exciting post! New York High Line is a great inspiring example of renovation. In my post I would like to write about the another example of a successful development of unused industrial area in Moscow, which inspires me. HPP-2 as a progressive center that takes us back to the ideas…
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Conservation and revitalisation of industrial heritage in the works of Renzo Piano

In recent decades, industrial architectural heritage throughout the world has experienced difficult times due to the rapid development of cities and industrial technologies. The experience of preserving industrial architectural heritage in most cases is based on its revitalisation. That means replacement of previously existing and developing functions, in accordance with the emergence and development of new…
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Comment to “What if kids were the designers of our cities?”

Thank you, Laura, for your bright and interesting topic! As it was mentioned in your post, there are lots of different ways to increase the attractiveness of the urban environment and to improve the visual quality of places for human interaction. Creating infrastructure elements and objects is also effective for improvement of abandoned industrial zones…
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Why are there so few tall buildings in the UK?

Recently, a 305m tulip tower with leisure, tourist and education facilities has obtained planning approval by the City of London Corporation. The proposed scheme will be located on 20 Bury Street, beside the Gherkin Tower and other tall buildings. Locally in Newcastle, a 82m tall building proposal in Rutherford Street has granted permission back in…
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Comment to “Designing our Neighbourhoods to Promote Health and Well-being” (in Urban Environment) by Laura Ovideo Matos

I’m passionate about the theme of Health in Urban Design, and would like to take the opportunity to thank you, Laura, for a fascinating post ‘Designing our Neighbourhoods to Promote Health and Well-being‘. The built environment, at all scales, from buildings to whole cities, affects the quality of life, Health and Well-being (Elizabeth, B., et al;…
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Comment to “Streets as Places” by Laura Ovideo Matos

Thank you, Laura, for your post ‘Streets as Places‘. I am very interested in finding different ways of solving problems connected with transport, also in design and use of roads and public spaces. As mentioned in the post, the growing number of cars causes the increase of number of roads. In my opinion, one of…
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