Should prefabricated construction still be classed as ‘alternative’?

What is prefabricated construction? Modern methods of construction have been around since the Second World War, providing the industry with an efficient, reliable, affordable and sustainable building technique [1]. I explored this paradigm during the Housing Alternatives module and learnt that this construction method addresses the current housing shortage in the UK, the lack of…
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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 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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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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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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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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How to (responsibly) get lost in the city of Vienna!

It seems there are several ways of wayfinding and navigation, one example explained by, Mark Massey describing the way in which, Erskine used serial vision is used within Byker wall[1]. When walking down the street at a regular pace you can see serial vision in affect, as it will provide a sequence of revelations[2] from…
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Domino Effect: From Run-down to Social Town

What attracts you to a space?   In her recent lecture “Measuring Pubic Space: The Star Model” by Dr Georgiana Varna, she talked about the five dimensions of publicness (through the star model) and how to measure the publicness of public spaces.[1] The aspect that intrigued me was when she discussed Jan Gehl’s measurements for…
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Thinkin’ bout bloggin’

I was excited to take part in the blog; it is a platform which I have never personally used before and I was enthusiastic to share my opinions publicly. When putting my own work on the internet for everyone and anyone to see, it is a daunting and unfamiliar task – I have become accustomed…
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Improved Urban Form: A Collective Goal?

Who actually  designs our urban environment?   After attending a recent lecture “Place Making in the Garden Village Tradition” by Mark Massey from IDPartnership, it forced me to begin to wonder, who actually designs our urban environment? Particularly with regards to housing developments, I’m interested in deciphering where the voice and the power comes from…
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