Research on child-friendly cities

Introduction The child-friendly city was firstly proposed by the second United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) in 1996. It aimed to make cities liveable for all. On the other hand, in UNICEF terms, these words refer to “children first”. A child-friendly city is a city fulfills children’s rights and respects children’s right at…
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Cohousing – My first experience

The second semester of MAUD has introduced myself (and many of the other students) to the concept of cohousing. In this blog, I will discuss what cohousing is and how it is becoming an integral part of community-led housing. I will also discuss my experience upon visiting my first cohousing scheme in Lancaster and what…
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A travel to Vienna: One of the most liveable cities in the world

Introduction “ ‘Live and let live’ was the famous Viennese motto, which today still seems to me to be more humane than all the categorical imperatives, and it maintained itself throughout all classes.” (The World of Yesterday: Memories of a European, Stefan Zweig) In Stefan Zweig’s description of Vienna at the start of the 20th…
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Kyodo No Mori Japanese Co-housing

Christian, D. (2008). “Forest” Cohousing in Japan, Pt.II. [online] Begoodcafe.com. Available at: http://begoodcafe.com/archive-bgc/project/ecvc_en [Accessed 9 Apr. 2017].

Kyodo No Mori or Forest of Kyodo as its more commonly known is a Japanese co-housing project which was designed at the turn of the millennia. This project has caught my interest as an excellent case study of how development can adapt to an ever changing city and the first cohousing project in Japan.  The…
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Scenario based co-design exercise

Co design Exercise

This blog discusses an exercise we created for co-design during the housing module in order to understand the co-design process with different elements of the design processes as well as a mix of different ‘prospective residents.’ We took turns in our groups to become design practitioners and run our own co-design exercises. My group’s exercise…
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Trip to Lancaster Co-Housing

Initially, at the start of the housing design project, we were introduced to the Co-Housing (CH) model of living I was apprehensive about this model of living. It could be argued that student’s halls have a similar construct to CH. In the sense that we all had a bedroom, shared a communal kitchen/living-room, some halls…
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A Residents’ Participation Workshop for Sharing and Communal Facilities

Introduction In a typical Cohousing  community,  it involves 8 to 40 households who are inter-generational (UK Cohousing Network, 2017).  All adults of them are encouraged to design the community together.  This refers to a stage on which they could share ideas and discuss with each others (UK Cohousing Network, 2017).  Last two weeks, we are…
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Building for Life 12 & Lancaster Cohousing Analysis

What is Building for Life 12? This is a guide to assess whether a housing scheme is designing well, written based on the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).  It is published by Nottingham Trent University on behalf of the Building for Life partnership.  The first edition of Building for Life (BfL) was published in 2012,…
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Site Visit and use of Building for life 12

Introduction Housing alternative will be the main project of semester two. This project is an extension from Skills in Urban Regeneration module in semester one. This project will be working on Science Central site and taking all the vision, concept and idea from semester one. Semester two will focusing more on housing and redesign based…
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Planning a Cohousing Scheme

Cohousing as a concept is a way of living based around sharing. It includes the sharing of common facilities along with the shared aims, ideas of living and activities. The planning of any cohousing scheme usually begins with the placement of the core areas that is the common house, community gardens and other shared spaces. The…
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