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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It’s Time to Reinvent the Eco-Village!

In a lecture presented by IDPartnership, the first slide outlined their company aim, which read: ‘creating sustainable places that enrich the lives of inhabitants and inspire people to live in an environmentally responsible manner.’ [1] I then wondered what extremity we can reach to design sustainable places. In my research I found a type of…
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Improved Urban Form: A Collective Goal?

Who actually  designs our urban environment?   After attending a recent lecture “Place Making in the Garden Village Tradition” by Mark Massey from IDPartnership, it forced me to begin to wonder, who actually designs our urban environment? Particularly with regards to housing developments, I’m interested in deciphering where the voice and the power comes from…
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The life of a person who lives in a ‘copy and paste’ housing developer’s principle

The place I currently live, there is a lot of housing and neighbourhood constructions that are taking place. Places like Ashington, Cramlington, Bedlington and the rest of Northumberland has their own housing constructions with similar housing developers. (Persimmon Homes, Gleeson Homes, Barratt Homes just naming few.) As of the moment, UK is facing a housing…
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Wasteland To Dreamland: Regenerating Urban Environments

A majority of planners and designers fantasize and dream of making the world a better place, many of us, myself included. Use this as the reason why we do what we do, with money and sometimes fame being an afterthought. Albeit a very welcome one. But how can we achieve making spaces better in the…
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British Developers should Cough Up CAC

While our public space suffers funding cuts, two top examples show us how they design ‘liveability’ After the recent UK election result, a bleak future for British cities and towns has dawned on many Urban Designers, Architects and Landscape Urbanists. For the past 9 years – and now the subsequent five – Britain shall continue…
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No Cars Needed in Freiburg – What about UK cities?

Taking influence from one of the oldest eco-districts GWL-Terrien, Vauban District, Freiburg is arguably one of the world’s best examples of sustainable urban living. The fascinating thing is that the district was completed in 2000 – two decades ago! However, we don’t see any districts to this sustainable standard in the UK to this day….
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The rising of sea levels and floating homes in Netherlands

Everytime we think about our future and our environment, the first thing that pops out in our head is ‘the climate change’. This particular issue has dominated our conversations, thoughts and future actions. This societal and ecological dilemma has sparked younger generation’s enthusiasm and developed a voice to challenge our government to take action. An…
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Staiths South Bank, Gateshead – What Would Erskine Say?

Whilst urban design remains a broad, multi-disciplinary practice, there are several elements that urban design must consider when trying to create better places for people. These include aspects such as sustainability, aesthetics, functionality, diversity and flexibility. Such components are particularly relevant and necessary in residential developments in which, theoretically, people should be at the fundamental…
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