Persceptions of Safe Spaces

One concept that has always left designers with a head scratching problem in urban design, is how do we make our spaces safer. If you’re working on a site which is known to have problems with crime, how do we actually make the space safer for the community? Can we? or is it just a…
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Where is Modular Housing in the UK?

Through it’s remarkable first implementation back in the 1830’s with the humble carpenter John Manning, Modular Construction has been a worldwide success, known for it’s incredible accessibility and sustainability. Being extremely adaptable, recyclable and designed with sustainability at the forefront. With the process being mainly cutting the materials to laser precision in a factory and…
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TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT, CASE STUDY: NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

Transit oriented development has to be major development in Europe country. The importance of good transport infrastructure is key to make good urban environment. TOD according to C40 Cities describe as “an urban planning principle that promotes high-density, mixed use development integrated with a robust public transport system1”. Newcastle also develop integrated transit oriented development…
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Amsterdam if you do. Damned if you don’t.

My favorite city now by some margin is Amsterdam, it’s a beautiful place, full of beautiful people and has looked after the planet via cycling more than any other city in Europe. It really is amazing that Amsterdam has most of its city on bikes, meanwhile here in Newcastle we had a cycle rental scheme for…
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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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(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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Welcome to The Netherlands, Where There are More Bikes Than People!

Arriving in Amsterdam, summer of 2016, enthusiastic to fully integrate myself into Dutch culture on my much-anticipated study abroad exchange, I faced my first hurdle. My first step to becoming a local meant that I had to master the art of cycling in Amsterdam.After some very bad bartering at Waterlooplein Market, I completed my initiation…
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The threat of generic green: The sanitised landscape city?

A reflection on landscape in the city In 1967 the town centre of Cumbernauld, designed by Geoffrey Copcutt, was opened to the public. Here stood the future. A centre of leisure and commerce, a complete indoor world, grand, vivid, the fruition of a prosperous modern Scotland; the ‘New Town’ landing to the east of Glasgow,…
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