Comment on – Sharon Zhu – Neighbourhood Design and the Garden City.

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Sharon’s blog post discusses the relationship of how urban neighbourhoods have developed at the time of the Garden City movement. The movement’s principles became the design basis for many of the traditional new towns in the UK. Howard’s magnet illustrates the differences between country and city living at the time and how his 3rd magnet…
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Comment on Diva Jain’s ‘Economics and Culture-led Urban Regeneration’

Diva’s discussion of analysing the economic background of a place is a very interesting and incredibly important topic. Determining the demographics, income and wealth, culture and heritage, site and location, resources and market potential are essential in ensuring good urban design. As Oswell (2013) puts it, applying these six domains to “any new build or…
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Comment on – Ryan Conlon’s : Sustainable Transport: Reducing Emissions to Improve Health.

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Sustainable Transport Ryan’s blog post covered several aspects of sustainable transport, linking emissions and health gave an interesting perspective on such a prominent issue of today. As he stated, there are many negative effects of our reliance on the automobile. There’s a range of pollutants (Particulate matter PM, Hydrocarbons HC, Nitrogen oxides NOx, Carbon monoxide…
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Vertical City – Egotistical or Necessary?

In an era where sustainability and protection of green space is such a sensitive issue, there are strong arguments for building up rather than out. The lecture on vertical cities, presented by Professor Steve Graham, discusses the benefits of high-density, mixed-use buildings and how building up relieves the pressure of urban sprawl on cities in…
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Community Participation and Methods For Community Involvement

Community Participation Meeting

Community Participation Introduction The emergence of co-design has been linked to two design approaches: “user-centred design and participatory design.” (Cantoni, David, Sabiescu, 2013). During the 70s, design firms started the user centred design approach, “characterised by the reproduction or translation of user knowledge into principles and prescriptions that designers could work with.” (Santos, 2000). Sanoff…
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Sustainable Transportation – Reduce Environmental Stressors

Any form of transportation with a ‘sustainable’ tag relies on renewable or regenerated energy instead of dwindling energy resources such as fossil fuels. (Michael Evans, 2011) There is also another form of definition which includes contribution to social and economic aspects without having any negative effect to the environment. (European Commission, 2001a, 2006; Joint Expert…
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Neighbourhood Design and the Garden City.

Neighbourhood design has become an important aspect during urban planning. The lecture presented by Professor Ali mainly talked about the principles of neighbourhoods, the origins and development of neighbourhood’s over different time periods. In this blog, I will mainly focus on the development and workings during the Garden City period.   The relationship between urban neighbourhoods…
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Economics and Culture-led Urban Regeneration

Economics is the science of estimating Worth and Economic analysis focuses on Value (Oswell ,2013 ). The fundamental process of understanding economics and its application guides us through the process of design with a robust dataset that we can rely upon for an efficient design. Economic analysis for an effective Urban design can be done in…
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Neighbourhood Design: The history and the future

Neighbourhood Design The principles of neighbourhood design, such as walking distance (400m), a clear centre, identifiable edges, mixture of people and land use, and street pattern (small blocks 80 by 200 m max), are directed to design liveable neighbourhoods. (figure 1) Origins of the Idea There were three trends shaping the 20th century: Anti-urbanism (suburbs), Urbanism (large cities, modernism), and Micro-urbanism (Garden cities, New towns, New urbanism, Urban villages, Eco-towns). The Micro-urbanism, also called New Town Movement, originated…
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Sustainable Transport : Walkable Cities

This blog is about the “Sustainable Transport” which has become quite a necessity nowadays. I am going to talk about how the lack of sustainability in transport sector affecting the world right now and steps which are being taken to avoid those effects. But first, sustainability in transport doesn’t only mean the eco-friendly cars and green infrastructure. Of…
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