Bicycles: The alternative vehicle during the crisis

The outbreak of the Covid-19 still spreading throughout the world. People begin to adapt to new lifestyles: social distancing, staying at home, reducing activities such as traveling and consumption are reduced to only what is necessary.  (photo by: Stefano De Grandis) In a city that may be a little sluggish, our way of life is…
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The Work from Home Future

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the Government have issued statements telling people they can only got to work if they “cannot work from home” (GOV.UK, 2020). This has caused a drastic change, with the majority of the UK’s workforce now working remotely. Will Coronavirus change the way we work permanently?   (Sabelskaya, undated). Working from…
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Have any positives come out the global pandemic of Covid-19?

Coronavirus has had a global impact, with over 2 million cases and approximately 150,000 deaths across 213 countries (WHO, 2020). Counter-measures led to travel restrictions, social-distancing rules and the demise of the World’s economy, which stopped “24 million people from escaping poverty” (Gopinath, 2020) (Vaswani, 2020). Amidst one of the world’s greatest crises, are there…
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Mobile supermarket and the Ageing society

The mobile supermarket is a fresh food truck that drives into the residential zone or in areas far from the bazaar or supermarket. There are selling food, fresh fruits and vegetables to serve as if we were in the supermarket. It also offers special services such as the purchase of goods according to the consumer’s…
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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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