Building for Life 12: The Rise in Scotswood (North East)

The Panoramic Views (Authors own images, 2019) The Rise is a housing development of new energy efficient homes on the 60 ha site, built to meet the needs of today’s working families, located in Scotswood (West End of Newcastle). It is the biggest housing development currently underway in the North East and replaces part of the…
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Building for Life 12 assessment: Sinclair Meadows Eco-villiage

In order to have a deeper understanding of Building for Life 12 document which is used to evaluate whether a place is good for living, we visited and analyzed several sites by a simple ‘traffic light’ system as a part of a module on housing alternatives schemes. The project that I follow with interest is…
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Building for Life (BFL) 12 – Derwenthorpe, York

Derwenthorpe in York is a housing scheme that was developed by Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust (JRHT). My initial impression of the housing scheme is that the block sizes were really big, you could identify this as a new development from the rest of the neighbourhood. However, there was a fluent transition from this development from…
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Comment on “Privately Owned ‘Public’ Space”

This post gave an excellent view into the increasing privatisation of public space. I agree with your argument that this land ownership by private companies is often deceptive in its implementation, and your example of Occupy London gives an insightful view into what can happen when these companies exert their control. However, your writing also…
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A REFLECTIVE SUMMARY OF MY BLOGGING EXPERIENCE

Reflecting on the blogging experience as a whole throughout semester one, I feel that it was both an enjoyable experience and a very different one. The use of a blog as a tool to stimulate learning was certainly an approach that was new to me, however, I believe it was successful in allowing my fellow…
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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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Architecture vs Urban Design OR Architecture feat. Urban Design?

Figure 1. Idealized Venn diagram disciplinary model placing urban design as a hybridization of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning. [5] Figure 2. Static spatial design disciplinary model. Proportional size of architecture, urban planning, and landscape architecture reflect the relative membership of each professional organization as quantified in USBLS (2012). [5] On the 6th of…
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Comment on “Designing For Urban Health Promotion”

Thanks, Sydney, for expanding on ideas of design in urban health promotion. I found your inclusion of Pokémon Go and ideas of augmented reality particularly interesting, and would like to expand further here on this concept of active engagement with the city through smartphone technology. The case study of the Pokémon Go phenomenon is one…
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Urban Agriculture: A Functional Landscape

In this post I would like to expand on the points about Landscape Urbanism from Lecture 5 by Geoff Whitten, who believed how landscape can be functional too towards large schemes, rather than a decorative feature. Introduction: The term Landscape Urbanism was first recognised in 1997, explained by Charles Waldheim, during the Landscape Urbanism symposium…
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Flooding, a Landscape Urbanism approach

Landscape urbanism represents a post-modern rejection of the perceived failings of New Urbanism whereby design responds to the natural landscape rather than architecture. By looking back to the principles that used to guide the layout of cities (notably Geddes Valley Section [fig 1]), this form of urbanism proposes a return to similar ideas of design…
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