Hello! My name is Fabian and I am originally from the city of Palmira, in the southwest of Colombia. I am architect and I studied my undergraduate at the Universidad del Valle in Cali, Colombia. After finishing my studies, I was working in one architecture firm, where I could gain experience designing projects in different cities of my country.
I am passionate about architecture, cities, travel and fishing (I know, maybe the last thing does not make much sense!). In recent years I have travelled through different places in South America, from the impressive Andean landscapes in Ecuador, to the fascinating beaches of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. I believe that every place always has something to teach us, not only in its physical part, but also in its traditions and manners.
I decided to continue my studies in the field of urban design, because I believe that cities play a fundamental role in the goal of achieving a more sustainable planet. This interest has brought me to Newcastle University, where I hope to learn much about the experience of the United Kingdom and other European countries in the process of designing and transforming their cities.
I invite you to follow me on Instagram (@fabian_ark) and on Twitter (@FabianLozano_). Contact e-mail: f.a.lozano-palomino2@newcastle.ac.uk

Comment on “LONDON UNCOVERED: Urban street art-Graffiti”, by Olga Aliyeva

Graffiti has been a historically very controversial subject. As Olga mentioned, this is an aesthetic expression that is strongly linked to counterculture and social criticism, where its creators see an opportunity to communicate a message or protest, using pictorial language which seeks to generate an impact on their audience (Peršak & Di Ronco, 2018) As…
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Comment on “Barcelona and Antoni Gaudi”, by Voca Han

Antoni Gaudi has been one of the most extraordinary architects of all times. As Voca Han mentioned, Gaudi’s architecture is difficult to classify within a single artistic movement. However, his work is strongly inspired by the style of Catalan Modernism, which had its peak between the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, so some authors…
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Cities from scratch: learning from three case studies

Many of the major cities in the world have several centuries of history from the time they were founded to the present. In the same way, some of them have had several names or have had to be rebuilt due to natural disasters or wars. However, there are also several cities that were built with…
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Tropical eco-villages: a local housing approach

The understanding of local conditions of the environment is fundamental for develop of a successful project. The climate, the availability of resources and characteristics of landscape are basic inputs with which is possible to create designs that make a rational use of natural resources and that, at the same time, generate the least impact on…
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Comment on “Regensburg: Protection and innovation”, by Runyu Zhang

The protection and preservation of historic centres is one of the most complex and controversial tasks within the management of contemporary cities. Runyu has highlighted the case of Regensburg, one of the most traditional villages in the region of Bavaria and one of the few settlements that preserved its medieval legacy almost intact during the…
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Rio is one of the most important cities in South America and also one of the most recognized in the world. During my last visit to the “Marvelous City”, Rio was in the final preparations to host the Summer Olympic Games, an event that would mark a before and after in its urban development and…
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Axwell Park was one of the housing projects that were proposed to visit and make their respective assessment in accordance with the guidelines of Building for Life 12. This development has two special characteristics. The first is its location in the suburban area of ​​Gateshead, surrounded by abundant vegetation and close to several bodies of water….
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Writing in a blog about Urban Design has been a new and enriching experience. Although I have previously used this type of websites for more informal purposes, publishing and commenting on academic context has been a new challenge that has allowed me to go further in the search for information, even to question myself about…
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