Building for Life 12: Derwenthorpe, York

Derwenthorpe, Osbaldwick is a development on the outskirts of York, built by The Joseph Rowntree Foundation and David Wilson Homes, both with different missions and strengths, the partnership has been complementary, resulting in a multi-award winning community. The community is being developed over four phases (each named after a prominent family member of the Rowntree’s)…
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Building for Life 12 assessment: Sinclair Meadows Eco-villiage

In order to have a deeper understanding of Building for Life 12 document which is used to evaluate whether a place is good for living, we visited and analyzed several sites by a simple ‘traffic light’ system as a part of a module on housing alternatives schemes. The project that I follow with interest 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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Design of Neighbourhoods

Although there is no exact definition, neighbourhood generally refers to a residential area of distinctive identity that provides residents with a sense of belonging and community. Principles of neighbourhood design were discussed in the lecture Design of neighbourhoods, based on that, this blog is going to explore more about the design process and the form…
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What does a sustainable neighbourhood look like?

Respond to the lecture “Design of Neighbourhoods” by Ali Madanipour, Professor of Urban Design The concept of neighbourhood planning has extraordinary persistence, especially in the practice of British and American planning. It withstood the devastating criticism of “the doctrine of salvation by bricks” (Jacobs, 1961) and “the non-place urban realm” (Webber, 1969). Finally it reappeared…
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