Arizona – First Place… UK – ?

First place is of course the finest award you can achieve, but how good is First place, Phoenix – the residential development that offers options for adults living with autism and related disorders [2]. I first came across this scheme whilst researching ‘New Models of Care’ within the module Housing Alternatives ARC8069, which led me…
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BUILDING FOR LIFE 12: SINCLAIR MEADOWS

The Building for Life 12 standards help to assess a development for the creation of better places for people to live. This is determined by a traffic light system to indicate the how positively the design has responded to each element. Sinclair Meadow, located in South Shields, was the UKs first carbon negative scheme. Its…
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Meet with BfL 12 : Staiths South Bank, Gateshead

A month ago, I visited a stunning housing complex at Staiths South Bank (SSB), Gateshead. Mine visited SSB to see what is Building for Life 12 (BfL12) criteria was implemented in real, which is mentioning: Integration into the neighbourhood  1. Connections It is about around 15 minutes drive from Newcastle city centre. There are two…
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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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