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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Urban agriculture can be an economic force to be reckoned with: Grand scale food production in Havana, Cuba

Recent historical challenges in Cuba In the 1990s, the collapse of eastern European block has triggered a massive economic depression that resulted into dislocation of its economic growth and the social fabric of the city. Within the same year, the country experienced the “strengthening of the US 40 year long economic, financial and political sanction…
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The High Street: From Doom to Boom?

Charette Week at Newcastle University school of Architecture Landscape and Planning is an opportunity for inter-disciplinary discussion between artists, sculptors, architects and researchers around a central theme. Last year’s Charette Week revolved around the theme of the High Street, therefore I chose to reflect on the demise of the UK’s High Streets and reflect on…
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Grassroots Urbanism

Back in September, we had the pleasure of being invited to be a part of the UniHealth programme hosted in Newcastle City Centre. This project followed on from the work we had studied in Madrid in summer (as mentioned by Niamh). The UniHealth programme is an EU funded project which aims to share Urban design…
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FIN.

The End of an Era… So my time as a contributor to this Urban Design blog has come to a close. But being a part of this innovative learning task throughout the year has been an excellent experience. It is not often that university examination adapts to the technological world, and it is refreshing to…
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Generation Retrofit: Fabric, Function and Finance

Is demolition within our cities inevitable? How do we choose what is retained and what is removed? What from our existing building fabric is worthy of conserving as we make way for the new? These questions were highlighted during John Sparkes’ lecture on the regeneration of Sunderland and the ongoing issues with re-planning cities in…
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Thank you and goodnight!

Firstly, hello and thank you for reading our blog! When I started the March programme in September 2018, I couldn’t have imagined that I’d be involved in running and writing a blog and it being part of my assessment. I think for many of us the blog writing experience was a very new concept. Even…
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How to (responsibly) get lost in the city of Vienna!

It seems there are several ways of wayfinding and navigation, one example explained by, Mark Massey describing the way in which, Erskine used serial vision is used within Byker wall[1]. When walking down the street at a regular pace you can see serial vision in affect, as it will provide a sequence of revelations[2] from…
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THE PEDESTRIANISATION OF GREY STREET

“The most liveable cities are those which are sweet to their people. You can never find a UK city in any of the lists.” [1] Jan Gehl The Theatre Royal and Grey’s monument on Grey Street Grey Street is at the centre of a battleground between urban designers, planners and the public; this blog interrogates its…
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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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