Should prefabricated construction still be classed as ‘alternative’?

What is prefabricated construction? Modern methods of construction have been around since the Second World War, providing the industry with an efficient, reliable, affordable and sustainable building technique [1]. I explored this paradigm during the Housing Alternatives module and learnt that this construction method addresses the current housing shortage in the UK, the lack of…
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All Inclusive: Bristol Paintworks as the model for future live-work developments in the UK

Historical Background Originally a paint and varnish factory as a part of Phoenix Wharf in 19th century, Bristol Paintworks, currently, represent the only large-scale live-work scheme in the UK (Figures 1 to 3). Established by Bristol Paintmakers Colthurst & Harding, it was recognized as the first paint production factory in the area, which subsequently became…
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Colombia against drug cartels: tackling urban violence in Medellín

While preparing my dissertation on ‘crime prevention in an urban environment’, I have encountered the case of Medellín in Colombia. Medellín’s Past Latin American cities, and Medellín in particular, represented the most violent cities in the world in the late 20th century with a great deal of homicides, drug trafficking and rackets affecting the local…
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The Work from Home Future

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the Government have issued statements telling people they can only got to work if they “cannot work from home” (GOV.UK, 2020). This has caused a drastic change, with the majority of the UK’s workforce now working remotely. Will Coronavirus change the way we work permanently?   (Sabelskaya, undated). Working from…
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Jesmond, Newcastle – a 20-minute neighbourhood?

The 20-minute neighbourhood is an outcome that the Victoria State Government aims to deliver in its 35-year Melbourne plan, aiming to encourage residents to live more locally by “giving people the ability to meet most of their daily needs within a 20-minute walk from home” [1]. In other words, people should be able to access…
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Regenerating Liverpool’s Docks

During the 18th century, Liverpool emerged as a global trading point for salt, raw material and manufactures, particularly benefiting on its connectivity [1]. Trade flourished in Liverpool through to the late 20th century [2] but the decline of the raw material industry led to the steep decline of the port of Liverpool, and subsequently resulted…
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Improve your well-being through biophilic design

It’s not a coincidence that we fill our homes with potted plants, blush every time we receive flowers or enjoy strolling through botanical gardens. Edward O Wilson argued that humans evolved alongside the natural world and therefore have an innate affiliation with it [1], this core principle will form the basis for my design thesis….
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Cohousing: Overcoming Loneliness Together

Loneliness is as detrimental to our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day [1] and is increasingly experienced by people of all ages. In the UK, a particularly vulnerable group are the 3.64 million living alone, aged 65 and over [2]. It’s no secret that loneliness negatively impacts our physical and mental health – 1…
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