Turning Housing on its Head? Lessons from Chimney Pot Park.

Chimney Pot Park is a 2007 Urban Splash development designed by architects ShedKM, who aimed to regenerate derelict terraced housing in Salford at a total cost of £88million (Urban Splash, 2007) Design A unique approach to terraced design saw the internal layouts flipped upside down, with living room and kitchens on the upper floors and…
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Clean Energy and Sustainable Communities

Why Sustainable Communities? Sustainability is one of the key driving factors in all aspects of modern governance, planning and design, investment in the clean energy sector multiplied six times between 2004 and 2017, (Bloomberg), and Greening Government Commitments introduced in the UK in 2011 set about clear environmental targets for central government (HM Government, 2012)….
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UK- Bee-Friendly City, US- Butterfly-Friendly City

After the final review of Housing Alternative Project, I spent free time watching a cute animated movie “Bee Movie.” Though it is an animated comedy film, it pointed out an important hypothesis that if there is no insect pollinating honey, the chain of the entire ecological cycle will be destroyed. Whilst, Einstein had said, “If…
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Comment to “The Late Shows – Cultural Events”:

Thank you, Harley, for sharing your experience of the Late Shows with us! The Late Show is such a great cultural crawl with events for everyone within the Ouseburn, Gateshead and in the city centre of Newcastle, like you said. It is a great break for students to relax from their studies, to go and…
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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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Comment to “Why Save Historical Buildings?”

Thank you Li-Hsuan Hung for such an interesting and current topic! It was such a tragic news to hear about the Notre-Dame in Paris, buried in flames during the Easter break. I definitely agree with you that we should save historical buildings. As Kevin Lynch mentioned in his book Image of the City, the public…
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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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Why Save Historic Building?

  Last Monday, Notre-Dame, the most famous medieval Gothic cathedral in Paris, was gobbled up by a severe fire. Since I have backed from Paris just before the primary fire, as well as the news and the posts kept popping on the social media, this event was quite memorable. It made me realise the power…
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