The Fire Station

  In this blog I will look at a recent regeneration project in the heart of Sunderland that promotes creativity, activity and education on the Cities rich heritage. As part of the Councils Minster Quarter Masterplan, the north-western most part of the city centre has been selected as the Music, Arts and Culture (MAC) Quarter…
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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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LONDON UNCOVERED: The Lost Rivers

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 Designing with Dementia by Voca Han

Voca highlights the importance of considering dementia-friendly design, which will likely only become more prominent within our cities and neighbourhoods, given rise to an ageing population and increased urbanisation (Fitzgerald & Caro, 2014). Voca questions what could we do to improve the life quality for those suffering with dementia. I would like to further explore…
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In search of an Ideal City: Urban Village as an example of Sustainable Neighbourhood

The blog covers my reflections on the lecture “Design of Neighbourhoods”  by Ali Madanipour, Professor of Urban Design and the Director of Global Urban Research Unit at Newcastle University.  Since ancient times urban planners, artists, sculptors, architects and philosophers were trying to reveal the secret of an “ideal city” that would meet the requirements of…
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Designing with dementia

Dementia is a classification of brain diseases, and the incidence increases with age and affects people’s short-term memory frequently, which consequently decrease the ability to live independently (Larson et al, 2013). 1 in 5 people would catch the disease at the age of 80 and nearly half of people in that condition when they come…
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Super-gentrification by the Super-rich

Roger Burrows, Professor of Cities, presented ‘The haves and have yachts’ sharing the project ‘Life in the Alpha-Territory’ which explores the impact of super-gentrification on neighbourhoods of the merely wealthy in contemporary London. Over 50 years ago Ruth Glass described the invasion of the upper middle-class taking over working class areas of London, devising the…
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Charrette: Afternoon tea with Earl Grey

Newcastle Monument story

Charrette Week The very first week of studies at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape started with a week of Charrette, annual design event organised by the university and led by various designers and artists. The week which turned into a studio based project which was a fun activity full of inspirational vibes. During…
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