HAPPI recommendation and the ageing population

The ageing population today has increased dramatically all throughout the years. There are nearly 12 million citizens that are aged 65 in the UK (Age.uk, 2019). As part of our research on our Housing Alternative module, there is a need for better provisions of housing that raises aspirations and offering wide variety of options that…
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Designing with Young people

Kirk (2018) writes, by 2050 around 70 percent of people will be urbanites and the majority of them under 18. Young people and urban design may not seem to have any correlation, throughout history and still to this day many practitioners and designers will also shun away the idea of participating with or designing for…
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Urban agriculture can be an economic force to be reckoned with: Grand scale food production in Havana, Cuba

Recent historical challenges in Cuba In the 1990s, the collapse of eastern European block has triggered a massive economic depression that resulted into dislocation of its economic growth and the social fabric of the city. Within the same year, the country experienced the “strengthening of the US 40 year long economic, financial and political sanction…
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Urban agriculture and what does it offer to the public.

Figure 2 (Speigelman, 2017) Definition of urban agriculture In the academic literatures that I have read, there are great many definitions of what urban agriculture is. However, for me as a researcher, I believe this is the best fit. According to Mougeot (2006), it is defined as an act of “growing, processing and distribution of food…
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Mobile supermarket and the Ageing society

The mobile supermarket is a fresh food truck that drives into the residential zone or in areas far from the bazaar or supermarket. There are selling food, fresh fruits and vegetables to serve as if we were in the supermarket. It also offers special services such as the purchase of goods according to the consumer’s…
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Jesmond, Newcastle – a 20-minute neighbourhood?

The 20-minute neighbourhood is an outcome that the Victoria State Government aims to deliver in its 35-year Melbourne plan, aiming to encourage residents to live more locally by “giving people the ability to meet most of their daily needs within a 20-minute walk from home” [1]. In other words, people should be able to access…
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The principles for Low Carbon Cities

In the future, the majority of the world’s population will live in the cities. Cities will be the main areas in which our human activities occur – living, eating, working, traveling. Those activities use energy and create heat, waste, and carbon footprint. Many cities try to develop low carbon city plans due to this issue,…
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Regenerating Liverpool’s Docks

During the 18th century, Liverpool emerged as a global trading point for salt, raw material and manufactures, particularly benefiting on its connectivity [1]. Trade flourished in Liverpool through to the late 20th century [2] but the decline of the raw material industry led to the steep decline of the port of Liverpool, and subsequently resulted…
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Could COVID-19 Change the way we design our cities?

Whilst we sit and watch the world change before our eyes, we can’t help but scramble, trying to capture just a little bit of our normal lives as we transition to a potential lockdown. Globalisation has opened a barrier to infection, a virus carrier can hop on a flight to any city in the world…
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Cohousing: Overcoming Loneliness Together

Loneliness is as detrimental to our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day [1] and is increasingly experienced by people of all ages. In the UK, a particularly vulnerable group are the 3.64 million living alone, aged 65 and over [2]. It’s no secret that loneliness negatively impacts our physical and mental health – 1…
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