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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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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All Inclusive: Bristol Paintworks as the model for future live-work developments in the UK

Historical Background Originally a paint and varnish factory as a part of Phoenix Wharf in 19th century, Bristol Paintworks, currently, represent the only large-scale live-work scheme in the UK (Figures 1 to 3). Established by Bristol Paintmakers Colthurst & Harding, it was recognized as the first paint production factory in the area, which subsequently became…
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Colombia against drug cartels: tackling urban violence in Medellín

While preparing my dissertation on ‘crime prevention in an urban environment’, I have encountered the case of Medellín in Colombia. Medellín’s Past Latin American cities, and Medellín in particular, represented the most violent cities in the world in the late 20th century with a great deal of homicides, drug trafficking and rackets affecting the local…
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Urban agriculture can be an economic force to be reckoned with: Grand scale food production in Havana, Cuba

Recent historical challenges in Cuba In the 1990s, the collapse of eastern European block has triggered a massive economic depression that resulted into dislocation of its economic growth and the social fabric of the city. Within the same year, the country experienced the “strengthening of the US 40 year long economic, financial and political sanction…
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Urban agriculture and what does it offer to the public.

Figure 2 (Speigelman, 2017) Definition of urban agriculture In the academic literatures that I have read, there are great many definitions of what urban agriculture is. However, for me as a researcher, I believe this is the best fit. According to Mougeot (2006), it is defined as an act of “growing, processing and distribution of food…
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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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Cohousing: Overcoming Loneliness Together

Loneliness is as detrimental to our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day [1] and is increasingly experienced by people of all ages. In the UK, a particularly vulnerable group are the 3.64 million living alone, aged 65 and over [2]. It’s no secret that loneliness negatively impacts our physical and mental health – 1…
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Building For Life 12: Staiths South Bank, Gateshead

  Building for Life 12 is a standard criteria to guide about designing good places to live. In this post, I will analyse Staithes South Bank by using those criteria. 1.Connection Providing cycle and pedestrian network links to the surrounding areas. The cycle and pedestrian also connect with the bridge at the left of the…
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