Comment on ‘The relationship between mental health and cities’

Thank you, Gin, for a very thought-provoking article discussing the elements that affect dweller’s mental health in a city. In this comment, I would like to go further reviewing the elements of the building environment that can help to enhance mental health by the respect of psychology.   Nowadays, not only architects or urban designers…
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Comment on Inspiration from the renovation of the New York High Line

Thank you for sharing the interesting story about the New York High Line. Though High Line is exactly a famous case of regenerating case, Superkelien is also a liner open space as a revitalizing zone with a mix of different cultures in Copenhagen. Located in Nørrebro district of Copenhagen, Denmark, Superkilen was designed the art…
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Comment on: When do we start preparing for the future and that odd design competition?

Thanks Winnie, I share your sentiments with regards to the appropriation of greenfield land for housing development. While I understand its apparent necessity, it seems wrong to not first consider alternative approaches to meet housing demand. I would remark however that given the continuation of this trend it seems clear that the National Planning Policy…
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Turning Housing on its Head? Lessons from Chimney Pot Park.

Chimney Pot Park is a 2007 Urban Splash development designed by architects ShedKM, who aimed to regenerate derelict terraced housing in Salford at a total cost of £88million (Urban Splash, 2007) Design A unique approach to terraced design saw the internal layouts flipped upside down, with living room and kitchens on the upper floors and…
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Historical studies in Flexible Housing

Flexibility in housing design is a theme that has seen a resurgence in recent years, with projects such as the Future Homes scheme in Newcastle relying heavily on this concept of buildings, which can develop and adapt to meet their users changing needs. However, that is not to say that this is a modern phenomenon….
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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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Revitalisation of industrial areas: world experience

Restructuring of the world economy and the process of global industrial production centers shifting in 1970s – 1980s have become a reason to search for new ways of use the large-scale engineering structures, both in cities and beyond. There is an understanding of industrial sites as historical and cultural heritage. “Rotermann CITY” (“Rotermanni kvartal”), Tallinn,…
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Comment on “How to design the pedestrian street landscape?” by Zijian Zheng

Since streetscape is a significant component of urban design, Gin has outlined the design principles for us. Thank you, indeed, because I am also interested in streetscape and pay attention to local streetscape every time I travel todifferent cities. Here I want to share some streetscape I photographed recently. (Fig.1) Fig.1 Streetscape of different cities…
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