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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BUILDING FOR LIFE 12: SINCLAIR MEADOWS

The Building for Life 12 standards help to assess a development for the creation of better places for people to live. This is determined by a traffic light system to indicate the how positively the design has responded to each element. Sinclair Meadow, located in South Shields, was the UKs first carbon negative scheme. Its…
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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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Does money really grow on trees?

Banal, bland and bleak. The three words that described the hospital visit to see my 8-year-old sister, a newly diagnosed Diabetic. All the symptoms were there – rapid weight loss, excessive thirst and constantly needing the toilet – but no-one wanted to face the imminent reality. Watching my sister’s life completely transformed in that one…
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Goodbye, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Goodnight!

As someone who is normally afraid of writing anything longer than a paragraph I found the informal way of writing blogs much more amiable and enjoyable than having to write a formal essay or report. It was also something I was not expecting to do as part of my master’s of architecture degree, however I’ve…
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Generation Retrofit: Fabric, Function and Finance

Is demolition within our cities inevitable? How do we choose what is retained and what is removed? What from our existing building fabric is worthy of conserving as we make way for the new? These questions were highlighted during John Sparkes’ lecture on the regeneration of Sunderland and the ongoing issues with re-planning cities in…
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See ya later alligator

I would like to start by thanking you for reading my blog posts over the last few months. Blogging has been an insightful experience, giving me the opportunity to learn and explore and whole new writing style and form of communication. Overall, this is an experience I have greatly appreciated and one I will undoubtably…
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Thank you and goodnight!

Firstly, hello and thank you for reading our blog! When I started the March programme in September 2018, I couldn’t have imagined that I’d be involved in running and writing a blog and it being part of my assessment. I think for many of us the blog writing experience was a very new concept. Even…
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(Not) Lonely This Christmas

Eat, drink and be merry. A mantra we enthusiastically embrace throughout the Christmas period. For many of us the annual festivities of Saint Nicholas include spending time with loved ones and gestures of good will to others. It comes with the dread of embarrassing yourself at the work party, having to fake your love for…
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