PESTLE & WATER: ZERO-WASTE ON THE HIGHSTREET

Based in the heart of Grey Quarter in Newcastle City Centre, Grainger Market is a 19th century covered market hall home to over 100 small, independent businesses. Its importance to the local economy is paramount, and it provides a home for small garden centres, pubs, restaurants and DIY shops to name but a few. One…
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Garden Villages: A 19th century solution to a 21st century problem?

CAN GARDEN VILLAGES SOLVE TODAY’S PROBLEMS OR DO THEY MERELY RISK CREATING DISGUISED SUBURBIA?   Turning in his grave or jumping for joy, how would Ebenezer Howard, mastermind of the Garden City movement, react to the latest wave of garden villages to be announced? Unfortunately, it could easily be the former. Seaham, a harbour town…
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The Garden Villages: Past, Present & Future…

The topic of garden villages was delivered to us by a member from IDPartnership on ‘Placemaking in the Garden Village Tradition’. He highlights case studies from the North Eastern region such as the regeneration scheme of Byker and the project in South Seaham. He begins with questioning us, How can we make a better future…
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Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay: Landscape Urbanism or Landscaped Urban?

Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay: Landscape Urbanism or Landscaped Urban? In a moment of movements such as Extinction Rebellion, environmental and ecological concerns are at the forefront of everyone’s agenda. With 70% of the world’s population living in cities by 2050, it is paramount that we must find sustainable ways of living in and developing…
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What would our cities be without shopping?

Close your eyes and imagine a public space What do you instantly see? Were you picturing a public square? A park? A marketplace? Or even just a street? All of these and more would be correct. Public space is essentially somewhere which is open and accessible to people. However, in our technologically run world our…
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Garden City? Not in my back Garden

  Landscape Urbanism is a relatively new movement, which takes the stance that the best way to approach urban design is through shaping the landscape, not the architecture.  Its origins can be found it’s the works of Ian McHarg, Kenneth Frampton and Charles Waldheim.  It’s currently primarily focused on the urban landscape of North America…
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Artificial Beauty

In the Charrette week, I joined the “Made (Not) For Instagram”, we propose installations using both tangible and intangible media to simulate a heightened sense of consumer experience that covers all the touchpoints of retail. My group created an installation inspired by the patterns of the provided outfit, it is in the theme of artificial,…
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Frankenstein’s Workshop

In today’s world, we are more likely to purchase something if it looks nice. An easy way to make a product look desirable and therefore more sellable is to package it nicely however, as a society, we have little regard to the packaging we throw away and the detrimental effects it can have. If we…
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“Give a Damn!” About the High Street

Charrette. Defined as “a public meeting or workshop devoted to a concerted effort to solve a problem or plan the design of something.” The transition from undergraduate to postgraduate involved the substitution of freshers week for charrette week. The architecture building was buzzing, full of every design student in the school ready to share their creativity…
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Something Odd for someone to Behold

The week commencing on 2nd October was dedicated to the annual Charrette week organized by Newcastle University’s School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape. ‘Charrette 2019’ focused on ‘Death of High Streets’, an incredibly sensitive topic in the modern digital world, where I participated in organizing a so-called Frankenstein’s Shop (pictured below). 2nd October The first…
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