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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Flooding, a Landscape Urbanism approach

Landscape urbanism represents a post-modern rejection of the perceived failings of New Urbanism whereby design responds to the natural landscape rather than architecture. By looking back to the principles that used to guide the layout of cities (notably Geddes Valley Section [fig 1]), this form of urbanism proposes a return to similar ideas of design…
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Designing for Urban Health Promotion

As of 2018, approximately 55% of the global population live in cities (United Nations, 2018). With this number continuing to incline, so does our risk to various health concerns such as obesity, high blood pressure and chronic disease (Resnik, D., 2010). Study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows where you live can even have…
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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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Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design or “CPTED”, is a globally recognized design practice of using physical psychology to deter potential for crime. The term originates from early works of city philosopher Jane Jacobs, architect Oscar Newman, and criminologist C.R Jeffreys (Queensland Government, 2017); suggesting strong correlation to city design and how users behave. But can…
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CHARRETTE WEEK EXPERIENCE

Our group aimed to explore a creative way of thinking and working by building an audio-visual installation during the charrette week. We were divided into small groups to create animations and sound productions. After that, various elements were combined to create something spectacular. According to a randomly selected set of rules, animations were made by…
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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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