MISSION POSSIBLE: Crime prevention through environmental design

One of discussion topics of Tim Townshend’s lecture briefly touched upon Jane Jacob’s ‘The Death and Life of Great American Cities’. While reading the book, I have encountered an intriguing chapter, namely ‘The uses of sidewalks: safety’[1]. It essentially urges to provide a safer and securer environment for people in the streets. Given that crime…
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Welcome to The Netherlands, Where There are More Bikes Than People!

Arriving in Amsterdam, summer of 2016, enthusiastic to fully integrate myself into Dutch culture on my much-anticipated study abroad exchange, I faced my first hurdle. My first step to becoming a local meant that I had to master the art of cycling in Amsterdam.After some very bad bartering at Waterlooplein Market, I completed my initiation…
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Garden Villages: A 19th century solution to a 21st century problem?

CAN GARDEN VILLAGES SOLVE TODAY’S PROBLEMS OR DO THEY MERELY RISK CREATING DISGUISED SUBURBIA?   Turning in his grave or jumping for joy, how would Ebenezer Howard, mastermind of the Garden City movement, react to the latest wave of garden villages to be announced? Unfortunately, it could easily be the former. Seaham, discussed in IDP’s…
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Charrette Week Experience

The charrette in which I took part in focused on the highstreet and how we view brands. The initial focus on brands was to make us think about our perception of a product purely through how the logo looked. We then discussed, through looking at various companies, how their marketing of themselves on platforms, such…
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FACEBOOKVILLE: SMART CITY OR SURVEILLANCE STATE?

The Smart City is on the rise. Investigating some key investors, what is the potential for our cities? Facebook, Apple, Amazon and Google, known as the tech ‘Big Four’ make billions specialising in specific user-based interfaces. These companies aim to be the profiter of today’s top commodity: your data. What does this mean for our…
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The Garden Villages: Past, Present & Future…

The topic of garden villages was delivered to us by a member from IDPartnership on ‘Placemaking in the Garden Village Tradition’. He highlights case studies from the North Eastern region such as the regeneration scheme of Byker and the project in South Seaham. He begins with questioning us, How can we make a better future…
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