The High Street: From Doom to Boom?

Charette Week at Newcastle University school of Architecture Landscape and Planning is an opportunity for inter-disciplinary discussion between artists, sculptors, architects and researchers around a central theme. Last year’s Charette Week revolved around the theme of the High Street, therefore I chose to reflect on the demise of the UK’s High Streets and reflect on…
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THE PEDESTRIANISATION OF GREY STREET

“The most liveable cities are those which are sweet to their people. You can never find a UK city in any of the lists.” [1] Jan Gehl The Theatre Royal and Grey’s monument on Grey Street Grey Street is at the centre of a battleground between urban designers, planners and the public; this blog interrogates its…
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PESTLE & WATER: ZERO-WASTE ON THE HIGHSTREET

Based in the heart of Grey Quarter in Newcastle City Centre, Grainger Market is a 19th century covered market hall home to over 100 small, independent businesses. Its importance to the local economy is paramount, and it provides a home for small garden centres, pubs, restaurants and DIY shops to name but a few. One…
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What would our cities be without shopping?

Close your eyes and imagine a public space What do you instantly see? Were you picturing a public square? A park? A marketplace? Or even just a street? All of these and more would be correct. Public space is essentially somewhere which is open and accessible to people. However, in our technologically run world our…
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Frankenstein’s Workshop

In today’s world, we are more likely to purchase something if it looks nice. An easy way to make a product look desirable and therefore more sellable is to package it nicely however, as a society, we have little regard to the packaging we throw away and the detrimental effects it can have. If we…
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“Give a Damn!” About the High Street

Charrette. Defined as “a public meeting or workshop devoted to a concerted effort to solve a problem or plan the design of something.” The transition from undergraduate to postgraduate involved the substitution of freshers week for charrette week. The architecture building was buzzing, full of every design student in the school ready to share their creativity…
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