Comment to “Can Co-Housing Go Mainstream?”

Thank you, Sophie, for informing us about the importance and the benefits of co-housing! I also think that co-housing could be the next idea of future living. Organisations SPACE10 and Urgent.Agency released a series of articles called IMAGINE and one article titled as “Exploring the brave new world of shared living”, investigate the reasons for…
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Boho Zone and CIAC, in Middlesbrough

What not to do but end the Easter weekend with a trip to Middlesbrough. After doing some research about Bohouse, a live-work typology in Middlesbrough, designed by XSite Architecture from Newcastle, I decided to visit it. However, whilst doing this research I came across a neighbouring apartment called “Community In A Cube”, also known as…
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BUILDING FOR LIFE 12: SINCLAIR MEADOWS

Building for Life is a tool used to assess the quality of residential design. Through twelve distinct criteria, neighbourhoods are rated on a simple traffic light system to allow for a more inclusive form of urban design, with settlements achieving nine or more greens eligible for “Built for Life” accreditation. This is an incredibly useful…
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Building for Life (BFL) 12 – Derwenthorpe, York

Derwenthorpe in York is a housing scheme that was developed by Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust (JRHT). My initial impression of the housing scheme is that the block sizes were really big, you could identify this as a new development from the rest of the neighbourhood. However, there was a fluent transition from this development from…
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MEMORY AND THE VALUE OF ‘PLACE’

In Professor Ali Madanipour’s lecture ‘Design Of Neighbourhoods’, he navigated through the history and development of the neighbourhood concept, picking up on pivotal case studies and a series of key principles that are still relevant in the modern-day. At the beginning of the lecture, he asked the group to consider what our experiences of a…
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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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