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The Reflection of second semester

According to this semester’s blog, I think it is more flexible than last semester. We can focus on our own interest and write something what I want to write. Base on my background, I was studying the landscape before and have two years’ work experience on the landscape design. Then I came to UK for studying the urban design. After the housing alternative module, I learned a lot from this module, so I write two blogs, which related to this module, one is the site visit of Sinclair Meadows, which is the beginning of this module. The other blog is talking about one kind of housing, which is the Live-work. Additionally, because of my background, I also talked something about the landscape on the urban scale. One is the space analysis, which is talking about how to define the public and private space. The other one is about a relatively new concept, which is the sponge city design.

Firstly, I would talk about the Housing Alternative blog. In the “site visit” blog, I analysed the benefits and the shortages of Sinclair Meadows. The benefits of Sinclair Meadows are the front storage, these storages gives every residents an outdoor space to put their items which not suitable for putting indoor. The other benefits is the landscape. We can see that the building shape of Sinclair Meadows is a cycle. The landscape in the site can benefits both side of residents. The other blog is talking about one kind of housing, the Live-work housing. This kind of housing is happening on a global scale. Because of this kind of housing could help the small business. The other benefit of Live-work is the sharing space, the residents in the Live-work could rent the sharing space, which means these small business holders can save some money on these sharing space.

Secondly, I write something about the landscape feature on the urban design scale. The first blog I illustrated is the concept of Sponge City. This concept is very popular all over the word. The main point of this concept is saving the rainwater. There are two methods to achieve this goal, one is decreasing the hard landscape and increasing the soft landscape. “Cross pattern paving” and “Water permeation brick” are the two example of the soft landscape. On the other hand, roof garden is also a good method to keep the rainwater for the local residents. The final blog is talking about the space analysis, how to use the landscape design to define the public and private space. There are many specific methods like the pavement and trees can influence the space.

In sum, I learn lots from the blog writing.  I find the connection between my previous background and the urban design. In the housing alternative module, we put much effort on it and now we could understand the different kinds of housing. Thanks a lot for the blog writing, and wish it would more successful in the future.

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Planning and Landscape
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear, NE1 7RU

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Email: nicola.rutherford@ncl.ac.uk


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