Could COVID-19 Change the way we design our cities?

Whilst we sit and watch the world change before our eyes, we can’t help but scramble, trying to capture just a little bit of our normal lives as we transition to a potential lockdown. Globalisation has opened a barrier to infection, a virus carrier can hop on a flight to any city in the world…
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Improve your well-being through biophilic design

It’s not a coincidence that we fill our homes with potted plants, blush every time we receive flowers or enjoy strolling through botanical gardens. Edward O Wilson argued that humans evolved alongside the natural world and therefore have an innate affiliation with it [1], this core principle will form the basis for my design thesis….
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Cohousing: Overcoming Loneliness Together

Loneliness is as detrimental to our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day [1] and is increasingly experienced by people of all ages. In the UK, a particularly vulnerable group are the 3.64 million living alone, aged 65 and over [2]. It’s no secret that loneliness negatively impacts our physical and mental health – 1…
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Building for Life Assessment: Smith’s Dock, North Shields

Building for Life comprises of 12 criteria [1] in which a housing scheme can be assessed and awarded an appropriate red, amber or green symbol based on how successfully the development meets each criteria. I have chosen to analyse Smith’s Dock in North Shields – a trendy new development which combines cutting edge urban living,…
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Building for Life 12: Park View, Miller Homes Gateshead

Introduction Miller homes park view is a residential development that is situated by the former site of Gateshead College. The site is placed west of Durham Road, east of the Saltwell Park and Saltwell Cemetery. In this post, the author will analyse using the BFL checklist on his impression, perception and observation during the self…
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Building for Life: Sinclair Meadows, South Shields

Building for Life 12 is a standard that encourages implementations for well-designed neighbourhoods [1]. It is the traffic-light toolkit that will be used to analyse Sinclair Meadows eco-village in South Shields, the UK’s first carbon-negative street [2]. 1. Connections Sinclair Meadows fits in with the surrounding land use, but fails to make new connections within…
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yrammuS evitcelfeR\/Reflective Summary

In conclusion of my first semester’s blog experience, I would like to thank each individual that was involved in this module, both academic staff and my colleagues. I have never utilized blogging as a platform for sharing my thoughts, ideas, knowledge and expertise. However, this course significantly helped me recognize the importance of this structure…
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To Blog or Not to Blog?

  That is the question. Well I guess, actually for me, there was no question about it. Blogging was a requirement of this module, so I had to overcome my fear. Initially the thought of posting online, for anyone to see, filled me with dread. Blogging is not the platform I would have chosen to…
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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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Grassroots Urbanism

Back in September, we had the pleasure of being invited to be a part of the UniHealth programme hosted in Newcastle City Centre. This project followed on from the work we had studied in Madrid in summer (as mentioned by Niamh). The UniHealth programme is an EU funded project which aims to share Urban design…
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