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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Driverless Gacha, by MUJI and Sensible 4

Recently, whilst I was scrolling through social media; I came across this sleek, mini driverless shuttle bus designed by MUJI and Finnish autonomous-driving company called Sensible 4 (Hitti, 2019). My first impressions were that it was small, friendly and compact, compared to large shuttle buses, making it easier to manoeuvre around the city. This is…
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Building for Life (BFL) 12 – Derwenthorpe, York

Derwenthorpe in York is a housing scheme that was developed by Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust (JRHT). My initial impression of the housing scheme is that the block sizes were really big, you could identify this as a new development from the rest of the neighbourhood. However, there was a fluent transition from this development from…
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Reflection upon using the blog – Semester 01

Through taking part in the blog during semester 1, I believe that it was a good practice to get all the students from MA Urban Design to get to know each other better, as well as giving us more independence and management skills to organise this blog. I have also learnt that blogging was a…
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Urban Agriculture: A Functional Landscape

In this post I would like to expand on the points about Landscape Urbanism from Lecture 5 by Geoff Whitten, who believed how landscape can be functional too towards large schemes, rather than a decorative feature. Introduction: The term Landscape Urbanism was first recognised in 1997, explained by Charles Waldheim, during the Landscape Urbanism symposium…
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Making Spectacular

Charrette week annually offers students from Newcastle’s university of Architecture, Planning and Landscape a platform to devise a combination of creative outputs. This year, the theme of the project that I participated in called “Making Spectacular”. The aim of it was to abstractly establish a pleasing community with some objects. Preparation period   Our group…
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