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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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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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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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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