Hi there! I'm Olga from Azerbaijan, a small country on the shore of Caspian Sea. I grew up in a beautiful town in the West of the country which contributed a lot into my passion of exploring urban spaces. Currently I am doing MA in Urban Design at Newcastle University
The Soviet Union left Azerbaijan with a heritage of abandoned industrial areas, former heavy manufacturing sites. Personally, I believe that those sites are full of character and have potential of turning into welcoming places for city inhabitants.
The Industrial revolution left a thick layer of marks around cities in many countries and England isn't an exclusion. Therefore, one of the aims of urban designers is to find compromises between a number of disciplines in order to improve the daily life of city inhabitants making cities more sustainable and vibrant.
Prior to this course, I studied in London at the University of Greenwich where I gained my MA in Landscape Architecture. After graduation I worked at a construction company as landscape architect where I was working on some exciting high end residential property projects on the shore of Caspian Sea. After some time I felt a need in expanding my knowledge and taking a next step in my career. Urban design seemed to be a right choice and here I am in Newcastle, doing my second MA.
In my spare time I enjoy walking around Newcastle, taking photos and learn new techniques to edit them.
Feel free to contact me on o.aliyeva2@newcastle.ac.uk

Comment on: Urban Regeneration – Reusing Railway Infrastructure by David Winter

Previously I discusses Voca Han’s post where she touches the topic of urban cultural regeneration. On an example of Baltimore I proved that cultural regeneration is a process that follows post-industrial waterfront regeneration in many cases. Another interesting topic which is also a form of post-industrial regeneration is the reusing dismissed railway network. There are…
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As part of our work on co-housing scheme for Science Central, Newcastle, we were asked to prepare a co-design exercise which would help us bring the community together and learn its needs and desires for their living environment. I and David developed an exercise that helped us design our co-housing scheme and develop a sustainable…
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Many cities in UK experienced deprivation since their original industrial functions were not in demand anymore. Voca touched a very interesting topic in her blog post “Cultural Regeneration in Newcastle” which discusses issues of post-industrial regeneration of inner city and how it is achieved. As industrial sites were mostly located at the waterfront, these parts…
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LONDON UNCOVERED: Urban street art-Graffiti

History of graffiti Being a powerful tool in provoking engagement of urban inhabitants with the surrounding environment, modern graffiti first emerged in Philadelphia in 1960es. In those days graffiti was one of the forms gangs used to mark their territory by writing their names (“tags”) on walls. The term graffiti was first used by “The…
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LONDON UNCOVERED: Ghosts of the Past

London Uncovered is a series of blog posts that reveal London’s lesser known facts. In my previous blog post I explored the lost rivers of this magnificent city. The current blog post will give you a glimpse into some ghosts of the past, which at their time were important drivers of the London’s city life …
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BFL12: Derwenthorpe development assessment

As part of our course, we visited a number of recent developments. One of them, situated in a picturesque location near York, was delivered by Barratt Homes in a partnership with the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust. Derwenthorpe sits on the outskirt of York, 2 miles away from its city centre. The name Derwenthorpe comes from…
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What is Building for Life 12?

Building for Life 12 is a government-endorsed industry standard for well-designed homes and neighbourhoods. Local communities, local authorities and developers are encouraged to use it to guide discussions about creating good places to live. Building for Life 12 (BfL12) is led by three partners: Cabe at the Design Council, Design for Homes and the Home…
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The walls of one of the most diverse and vibrant cities in the world, London, have got many stories to tell. The city that was originally founded by Romans as Londinium and withstood a number of devastating historical events , now represents a place where the past meets the future. As many other ancient settlements,…
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Comment on: Urban Design: Health, Well-being and Flourishing by Yilan Zhang

In her blog post ‘Urban Design: Health, Well-being and Flourishing’ my colleague Yilan Zhang discusses the possibilities on how our cities might promote a healthier life style and improve the quality of life. According to her blog post, 70% of planet’s population will be living in urban environment by 2050. therefore, it is important to…
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