Comment on: “Universal Design in Urban Public Spaces: “Tenji Blocks””.

Laura, thank you for sharing and celebrating the “Tenji Block” with us, in such an interesting post! Like you said it is definitely important that we should incorporate universal designs in the public realm, especially for the vulnerable people. It has especially become a concern to involve universal design, where designers are creating blended, mixed…
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Comment to “Designing our Neighbourhoods to Promote Health and Well-being” by Laura Ovideo Matos

Thank you, Laura, for making a post in “Designing our Neighbourhoods to Promote Health and Well-being”. I found it interesting when you discussed about the physical environment because it has a strong relationship to the well-being of a human. As our Professor Tim Townsend discussed, well-being focuses on the psychological side, such as Hedonic meaning…
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Comment on “Designing For Urban Health Promotion”

Thanks, Sydney, for expanding on ideas of design in urban health promotion. I found your inclusion of Pokémon Go and ideas of augmented reality particularly interesting, and would like to expand further here on this concept of active engagement with the city through smartphone technology. The case study of the Pokémon Go phenomenon is one…
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PRIVATELY OWNED ‘PUBLIC’ SPACE

In Dr. Georgiana Varna’s lecture ‘Measuring Public Space: The Star Model’, she outlined the wide theoretical background that exists in relation to the topic of public space, whilst also introducing the notion that public space is a ‘slippery’ concept. In essence, she was referring to the fact that over many years there have been countless…
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What is a good place?

«When public spaces are successful […] they will increase opportunities to participate in communal activity. This fellowship in the open nurtures the growth of public life, which is stunted by the social isolation of ghettos and suburbs. In the parks, plazas, markets, waterfronts, and natural areas of our cities, people from different cultural groups can…
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PEOPLE WATCHING

The charrette group I was part of was the “People Watching” one, where we were assigned an area of Newcastle city to observe and to film, in order to identify and understand how people use space, their behavior using it, and their perception of it. The area assigned to my team was Byker. We did…
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Studying Urban Design in Another Country

Arriving in Newcastle as a foreign exchange student I was not entirely sure what to expect. Over the past four years, I have studied Urban Planning and Design in Canada; where I grew up and hope to someday make a difference as an urban designer. Would urban design be similar to what I had learnt…
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