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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Building for Life Assessment: Park View

According to BFL12 and traffic light system, this project gets 7 green, 5 amber, 0 red 1.Connect Δ Park View lies along the eastern edge of Saltwell Park and just west of the sought-after Low Fell neighbour. The community roads are closely connected with the surroundings. 2.Facilities and services Δ It is about 10 minutes by…
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Building for Life Assessment: Smith’s Dock, North Shields

Building for Life comprises of 12 criteria [1] in which a housing scheme can be assessed and awarded an appropriate red, amber or green symbol based on how successfully the development meets each criteria. I have chosen to analyse Smith’s Dock in North Shields – a trendy new development which combines cutting edge urban living,…
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Building for Life: Sinclair Meadows, South Shields

Building for Life 12 is a standard that encourages implementations for well-designed neighbourhoods [1]. It is the traffic-light toolkit that will be used to analyse Sinclair Meadows eco-village in South Shields, the UK’s first carbon-negative street [2]. 1. Connections Sinclair Meadows fits in with the surrounding land use, but fails to make new connections within…
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yrammuS evitcelfeR\/Reflective Summary

In conclusion of my first semester’s blog experience, I would like to thank each individual that was involved in this module, both academic staff and my colleagues. I have never utilized blogging as a platform for sharing my thoughts, ideas, knowledge and expertise. However, this course significantly helped me recognize the importance of this structure…
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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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Us, Now.

If not us, then who? In the first instance, I would like to thank everyone that has read or interacted with my blog posts. I would also like to congratulate my cohort, who participated in these unique student-driven activities. The blogs have been an innovative platform to discuss and deliberate on pressing issues within the…
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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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