Jesmond, Newcastle – a 20-minute neighbourhood?

The 20-minute neighbourhood is an outcome that the Victoria State Government aims to deliver in its 35-year Melbourne plan, aiming to encourage residents to live more locally by “giving people the ability to meet most of their daily needs within a 20-minute walk from home” [1]. In other words, people should be able to access…
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Building for Life: Sinclair Meadows, South Shields

Building for Life 12 is a standard that encourages implementations for well-designed neighbourhoods [1]. It is the traffic-light toolkit that will be used to analyse Sinclair Meadows eco-village in South Shields, the UK’s first carbon-negative street [2]. 1. Connections Sinclair Meadows fits in with the surrounding land use, but fails to make new connections within…
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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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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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My Blogging Experience

I never thought that as part of my University experience I’d be involved in running and writing a blog. So, discovering that this was part of the Urban Design module was a nice surprise and I was excited to see how I’d find it. I will admit that it proved to an interesting challenge trying…
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A blogpost on my thoughts about blogposts

I had never written a blogpost until I wrote my first one for this page. I wasn’t too sure what to expect from the experience, or if it was something I would enjoy, or even what the right or wrong way to write a blogpost was. Although, over the duration of this experience, I came…
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Staiths South Bank, Gateshead – What Would Erskine Say?

Whilst urban design remains a broad, multi-disciplinary practice, there are several elements that urban design must consider when trying to create better places for people. These include aspects such as sustainability, aesthetics, functionality, diversity and flexibility. Such components are particularly relevant and necessary in residential developments in which, theoretically, people should be at the fundamental…
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(Un)Sustainable Public Transport?

The holy trinity of walking, cycling and public transport usually springs to mind when the term ‘sustainable transport’ is mentioned, whilst private vehicles sits at the polar opposite. Transport Canada identifies the goal of sustainable transport as “[ensuring] that environment, social and economic considerations are factored into decisions affecting transportation activity” (VTPI, 2017). However, with…
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Garden City? Not in my back Garden

  Landscape Urbanism is a relatively new movement, which takes the stance that the best way to approach urban design is through shaping the landscape, not the architecture.  Its origins can be found it’s the works of Ian McHarg, Kenneth Frampton and Charles Waldheim.  It’s currently primarily focused on the urban landscape of North America…
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