Persceptions of Safe Spaces

One concept that has always left designers with a head scratching problem in urban design, is how do we make our spaces safer. If you’re working on a site which is known to have problems with crime, how do we actually make the space safer for the community? Can we? or is it just a…
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Reflective Summaries

This semester time passed quickly, in the process of hard work, harvest a lot of knowledge, friendship. But also missed out on many of the good times in Britain.I had to go back to China because of the sudden outbreak of covid-19. I didn’t have the chance to enjoy the good life in the UK, but…
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Bicycles: The alternative vehicle during the crisis

The outbreak of the Covid-19 still spreading throughout the world. People begin to adapt to new lifestyles: social distancing, staying at home, reducing activities such as traveling and consumption are reduced to only what is necessary.  (photo by: Stefano De Grandis) In a city that may be a little sluggish, our way of life is…
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Should prefabricated construction still be classed as ‘alternative’?

What is prefabricated construction? Modern methods of construction have been around since the Second World War, providing the industry with an efficient, reliable, affordable and sustainable building technique [1]. I explored this paradigm during the Housing Alternatives module and learnt that this construction method addresses the current housing shortage in the UK, the lack of…
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The (Urban Design) Social Network

Through these unprecedented times, we have a unique situation in our lives where our spaces and our social lives are as inactive as ever. The interactions with landscape and the spaces in between buildings isn’t a new conversation by all means. However it’s felt around the world now more than ever during the COVID-19 lockdown…
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All Inclusive: Bristol Paintworks as the model for future live-work developments in the UK

Historical Background Originally a paint and varnish factory as a part of Phoenix Wharf in 19th century, Bristol Paintworks, currently, represent the only large-scale live-work scheme in the UK (Figures 1 to 3). Established by Bristol Paintmakers Colthurst & Harding, it was recognized as the first paint production factory in the area, which subsequently became…
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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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Post COVID-19 Grey Street

Grey Street has always been and will be a prominent main street in Newcastle, home to the Theatre Royal, alongside a range of restaurants, bars, and cafes whilst holding different events over the year such as the car shows or the Christmas market. With the current pandemic still spreading around the world, what will be…
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Colombia against drug cartels: tackling urban violence in Medellín

While preparing my dissertation on ‘crime prevention in an urban environment’, I have encountered the case of Medellín in Colombia. Medellín’s Past Latin American cities, and Medellín in particular, represented the most violent cities in the world in the late 20th century with a great deal of homicides, drug trafficking and rackets affecting the local…
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