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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It’s Time to Reinvent the Eco-Village!

In a lecture presented by IDPartnership, the first slide outlined their company aim, which read: ‘creating sustainable places that enrich the lives of inhabitants and inspire people to live in an environmentally responsible manner.’ [1] I then wondered what extremity we can reach to design sustainable places. In my research I found a type of…
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Get on your bike: Reintroducing sustainable transport.

A substantial 15% of the pollutants contributing to climate change come from the exhaust fumes from automotive vehicles. Whilst the advancement of electric car technology will reduce these emissions, this will only help in the global sense if the electricity is itself produced by sustainable methods. It is therefore vital that we encourage the sustainable…
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MISSION POSSIBLE: Crime prevention through environmental design

One of discussion topics of Tim Townshend’s lecture briefly touched upon Jane Jacob’s ‘The Death and Life of Great American Cities’. While reading the book, I have encountered an intriguing chapter, namely ‘The uses of sidewalks: safety’[1]. It essentially urges to provide a safer and securer environment for people in the streets. Given that crime…
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Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay: Landscape Urbanism or Landscaped Urban?

Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay: Landscape Urbanism or Landscaped Urban? In a moment of movements such as Extinction Rebellion, environmental and ecological concerns are at the forefront of everyone’s agenda. With 70% of the world’s population living in cities by 2050, it is paramount that we must find sustainable ways of living in and developing…
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