Comment on: “Universal Design in Urban Public Spaces: “Tenji Blocks””.

Laura, thank you for sharing and celebrating the “Tenji Block” with us, in such an interesting post! Like you said it is definitely important that we should incorporate universal designs in the public realm, especially for the vulnerable people. It has especially become a concern to involve universal design, where designers are creating blended, mixed…
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Driverless Gacha, by MUJI and Sensible 4

Recently, whilst I was scrolling through social media, I came across this sleek mini driverless shuttle bus designed by MUJI and Finnish autonomous-driving company called Sensible 4 (Hitti, 2019). My first impressions were that it was small, friendly and compact, compared to large shuttle buses, making it easier to manoeuvre around the city. This is…
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Comment on “Privately Owned ‘Public’ Space”

This post gave an excellent view into the increasing privatisation of public space. I agree with your argument that this land ownership by private companies is often deceptive in its implementation, and your example of Occupy London gives an insightful view into what can happen when these companies exert their control. However, your writing also…
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Urban Design with Mental Well-being in Mind

Tim Townsends lecture on the ways in which Urban Design can influence societies health and well-being provided an interesting insight into the ways into the way attitudes towards this have changed over time. I was most interested in the ways in which historically the relationship between health and place has been much more pronounced. Wendy…
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Comment on “Designing For Urban Health Promotion”

Thanks, Sydney, for expanding on ideas of design in urban health promotion. I found your inclusion of Pokémon Go and ideas of augmented reality particularly interesting, and would like to expand further here on this concept of active engagement with the city through smartphone technology. The case study of the Pokémon Go phenomenon is one…
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Urban Agriculture: A Functional Landscape

In this post I would like to expand on the points about Landscape Urbanism from Lecture 5 by Geoff Whitten, who believed how landscape can be functional too towards large schemes, rather than a decorative feature. Introduction: The term Landscape Urbanism was first recognised in 1997, explained by Charles Waldheim, during the Landscape Urbanism symposium…
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Comment to “Discussing the “Progressive” Regeneration of Inventory Community: A Case Study of Byker in the UK” by YaLi Gao

Thank you, YaLi, for making a post about progressive regeneration! The Byker Wall was seen as a holistic approach for the community at that time. However, regeneration is difficult in contemporary society because it is stigmatised and often linked with “whole sale clearance and comprehensive redevelopment” (Cowan, 2005, p.425). Regeneration often struggle to balance the…
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The Road: A Public Territory?

In this post I want to elaborate more from lecture three “Sustainable Urban Transport”, by Martin Podevyn, Senior Urban Designer, at Sustrans. In Martin’s lecture he emphasised on how the road did not have boundaries and belonged to a mixture of users, but up until the contemporary society did motor vehicles become a more dominant…
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A Spec of Colour

An aspect of urban design that I want to share is the use of colour in the public space. I wonder why colour is not often used in the public arena. The use of colour can be defined as colourscape it can be used to activate spaces, providing character to an area but also linking…
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