Us, Now.

If not us, then who? In the first instance, I would like to thank everyone that has read or interacted with my blog posts. I would also like to congratulate my cohort, who participated in these unique student-driven activities. The blogs have been an innovative platform to discuss and deliberate on pressing issues within the…
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Goodbye, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Goodnight!

As someone who is normally afraid of writing anything longer than a paragraph I found the informal way of writing blogs much more amiable and enjoyable than having to write a formal essay or report. It was also something I was not expecting to do as part of my master’s of architecture degree, however I’ve…
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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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Domino Effect: From Run-down to Social Town

What attracts you to a space?   In her recent lecture “Measuring Pubic Space: The Star Model” by Dr Georgiana Varna, she talked about the five dimensions of publicness (through the star model) and how to measure the publicness of public spaces.[1] The aspect that intrigued me was when she discussed Jan Gehl’s measurements for…
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My Blogging Experience

I never thought that as part of my University experience I’d be involved in running and writing a blog. So, discovering that this was part of the Urban Design module was a nice surprise and I was excited to see how I’d find it. I will admit that it proved to an interesting challenge trying…
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Byker Wall Estate – Should we love it or hate it?

Have you ever stepped inside? If you have what did you think? I remember when I first crossed the boundary of the famous Byker Wall and entered the world that is the Byker Wall Estate I was taken aback. You transition from the roaring noise of the traffic into what feels like a suburban oasis….
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What would our cities be without shopping?

Close your eyes and imagine a public space What do you instantly see? Were you picturing a public square? A park? A marketplace? Or even just a street? All of these and more would be correct. Public space is essentially somewhere which is open and accessible to people. However, in our technologically run world our…
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Garden City? Not in my back Garden

  Landscape Urbanism is a relatively new movement, which takes the stance that the best way to approach urban design is through shaping the landscape, not the architecture.  Its origins can be found it’s the works of Ian McHarg, Kenneth Frampton and Charles Waldheim.  It’s currently primarily focused on the urban landscape of North America…
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Uni-Health A Better ‘Greener’ Future

Uni-Health is a university exchange program, a collaboration between Universidad Politecnica de Madrid and Newcastle University, focusing on the positive contribution urban design has to the health of an urban population by way of improving the physical and social spaces within the city. A series of guest speakers describing the city from the perspective of…
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