Clean Energy and Sustainable Communities

Why Sustainable Communities? Sustainability is one of the key driving factors in all aspects of modern governance, planning and design, investment in the clean energy sector multiplied six times between 2004 and 2017, (Bloomberg), and Greening Government Commitments introduced in the UK in 2011 set about clear environmental targets for central government (HM Government, 2012)….
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Can Co-Housing go Mainstream?

Co-housing offers people the opportunity to be part of an intentional community. This alternative housing method will often be built upon active participation and be ran by residents offering high levels of social interaction and self-governance. Co-housing normally provide a combination of private and shared space often consisting of a common house and communal outdoor…
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Driverless Gacha, by MUJI and Sensible 4

Recently, whilst I was scrolling through social media; I came across this sleek, mini driverless shuttle bus designed by MUJI and Finnish autonomous-driving company called Sensible 4 (Hitti, 2019). My first impressions were that it was small, friendly and compact, compared to large shuttle buses, making it easier to manoeuvre around the city. This is…
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Building for Life 12: The Rise in Scotswood (North East)

The Panoramic Views (Authors own images, 2019) The Rise is a housing development of new energy efficient homes on the 60 ha site, built to meet the needs of today’s working families, located in Scotswood (West End of Newcastle). It is the biggest housing development currently underway in the North East and replaces part of the…
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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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Architecture vs Urban Design OR Architecture feat. Urban Design?

Figure 1. Idealized Venn diagram disciplinary model placing urban design as a hybridization of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning. [5] Figure 2. Static spatial design disciplinary model. Proportional size of architecture, urban planning, and landscape architecture reflect the relative membership of each professional organization as quantified in USBLS (2012). [5] On the 6th of…
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Urban Agriculture: A Functional Landscape

In this post I would like to expand on the points about Landscape Urbanism from Lecture 5 by Geoff Whitten, who believed how landscape can be functional too towards large schemes, rather than a decorative feature. Introduction: The term Landscape Urbanism was first recognised in 1997, explained by Charles Waldheim, during the Landscape Urbanism symposium…
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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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