To Blog or Not to Blog?

  That is the question. Well I guess, actually for me, there was no question about it. Blogging was a requirement of this module, so I had to overcome my fear. Initially the thought of posting online, for anyone to see, filled me with dread. Blogging is not the platform I would have chosen to…
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Grassroots Urbanism

Back in September, we had the pleasure of being invited to be a part of the UniHealth programme hosted in Newcastle City Centre. This project followed on from the work we had studied in Madrid in summer (as mentioned by Niamh). The UniHealth programme is an EU funded project which aims to share Urban design…
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Does money really grow on trees?

Banal, bland and bleak. The three words that described the hospital visit to see my 8-year-old sister, a newly diagnosed Diabetic. All the symptoms were there – rapid weight loss, excessive thirst and constantly needing the toilet – but no-one wanted to face the imminent reality. Watching my sister’s life completely transformed in that one…
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FIN.

The End of an Era… So my time as a contributor to this Urban Design blog has come to a close. But being a part of this innovative learning task throughout the year has been an excellent experience. It is not often that university examination adapts to the technological world, and it is refreshing to…
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Generation Retrofit: Fabric, Function and Finance

Is demolition within our cities inevitable? How do we choose what is retained and what is removed? What from our existing building fabric is worthy of conserving as we make way for the new? These questions were highlighted during John Sparkes’ lecture on the regeneration of Sunderland and the ongoing issues with re-planning cities in…
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(Not) Lonely This Christmas

Eat, drink and be merry. A mantra we enthusiastically embrace throughout the Christmas period. For many of us the annual festivities of Saint Nicholas include spending time with loved ones and gestures of good will to others. It comes with the dread of embarrassing yourself at the work party, having to fake your love for…
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Landscape Urbanism and the Prevention of Crime

Figure 1 Some of my earliest memories are of Cape Town in the late 1990s. Apartheid had just ended in 1994 and yet the country was still very segregated and unequal. It was normal to live behind large walls and security systems, to always have your car doors and windows locked, to never walk down…
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Sensing the City

  Figure 1. Imagine a day, like any other day, you wake up to the harsh sound of your alarm. Your room is freezing. The heating must not have come on yet and winter in Newcastle is not always so forgiving. You sleepily shuffle to the bathroom and wipe the mirror surface clean to check…
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Thinkin’ bout bloggin’

I was excited to take part in the blog; it is a platform which I have never personally used before and I was enthusiastic to share my opinions publicly. When putting my own work on the internet for everyone and anyone to see, it is a daunting and unfamiliar task – I have become accustomed…
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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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