See ya later alligator

I would like to start by thanking you for reading my blog posts over the last few months. Blogging has been an insightful experience, giving me the opportunity to learn and explore and whole new writing style and form of communication. Overall, this is an experience I have greatly appreciated and one I will undoubtably…
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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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A Roman crackdown, the hostile steps.

Drama at the Spanish Steps   Whistling! Followed by words and hand gestures, you cannot sit here!. The special tourism police are telling the individuals and the crowd on this stairway. This is the famous Spanish steps. It connects to the church of Trinita dei Monti from Piazza di Spagna in the historic heart of…
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Venice, between the floods and a hard place.

Acqua Alta (High-tide flood) A wind, the sacred sound of the siren at about 9pm, the sound would escalate to warn both residents and tourists. The “aqua alta” is arriving. One tone is 1.1 metres, two tones is 1.2 metres, three tones is 1.3 metres and so on. I relearnt how to walk as walking…
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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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Domino Effect: From Run-down to Social Town

What attracts you to a space?   In her recent lecture “Measuring Pubic Space: The Star Model” by Dr Georgiana Varna, she talked about the five dimensions of publicness (through the star model) and how to measure the publicness of public spaces.[1] The aspect that intrigued me was when she discussed Jan Gehl’s measurements for…
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Thinkin’ bout bloggin’

I was excited to take part in the blog; it is a platform which I have never personally used before and I was enthusiastic to share my opinions publicly. When putting my own work on the internet for everyone and anyone to see, it is a daunting and unfamiliar task – I have become accustomed…
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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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