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 12: SINCLAIR MEADOWS

Building for Life is a tool used to assess the quality of residential design. Through twelve distinct criteria, neighbourhoods are rated on a simple traffic light system to allow for a more inclusive form of urban design, with settlements achieving nine or more greens eligible for “Built for Life” accreditation. This is an incredibly useful…
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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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Comment on “Privately Owned ‘Public’ Space”

This post gave an excellent view into the increasing privatisation of public space. I agree with your argument that this land ownership by private companies is often deceptive in its implementation, and your example of Occupy London gives an insightful view into what can happen when these companies exert their control. However, your writing also…
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A REFLECTIVE SUMMARY OF MY BLOGGING EXPERIENCE

Reflecting on the blogging experience as a whole throughout semester one, I feel that it was both an enjoyable experience and a very different one. The use of a blog as a tool to stimulate learning was certainly an approach that was new to me, however, I believe it was successful in allowing my fellow…
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Comment on “Neighbourhood Planning: A better place?”

Before I shared my comment, I would like to thank Mudit for making a post in “Neighbourhood Planning: A better place?” (and wish you a happy birthday yesterday.) Honestly, the post caught my eye. It was thought provoking due to your clear description of changing about urban development. Based on your post, I would like…
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Comment to “Designing our Neighbourhoods to Promote Health and Well-being” (in Urban Environment) by Laura Ovideo Matos

I’m passionate about the theme of Health in Urban Design, and would like to take the opportunity to thank you, Laura, for a fascinating post ‘Designing our Neighbourhoods to Promote Health and Well-being‘. The built environment, at all scales, from buildings to whole cities, affects the quality of life, Health and Well-being (Elizabeth, B., et al;…
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Comment to “Streets as Places” by Laura Ovideo Matos

Thank you, Laura, for your post ‘Streets as Places‘. I am very interested in finding different ways of solving problems connected with transport, also in design and use of roads and public spaces. As mentioned in the post, the growing number of cars causes the increase of number of roads. In my opinion, one of…
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Urban Design with Mental Well-being in Mind

Tim Townsends lecture on the ways in which Urban Design can influence societies health and well-being provided an interesting insight into the ways into the way attitudes towards this have changed over time. I was most interested in the ways in which historically the relationship between health and place has been much more pronounced. Wendy…
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