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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A Roman crackdown, the hostile steps.

Drama at the Spanish Steps   Whistling! Followed by words and hand gestures, you cannot sit here!. The special tourism police are telling the individuals and the crowd on this stairway. This is the famous Spanish steps. It connects to the church of Trinita dei Monti from Piazza di Spagna in the historic heart of…
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THE PEDESTRIANISATION OF GREY STREET

“The most liveable cities are those which are sweet to their people. You can never find a UK city in any of the lists.” [1] Jan Gehl The Theatre Royal and Grey’s monument on Grey Street Grey Street is at the centre of a battleground between urban designers, planners and the public; this blog interrogates its…
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Gentrify this

A look into the impact of commodification on social mixing in public spaces In her analysis of measuring public space, Georgiana Varna examines the roles of public space and what it has become (as a result of intentional or unintentional drivers).  Her extensive research into urban design and the surrounding theories has led her to…
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