Comment on Kuntal’s “Are Shipping Container Homes Affordable Housing Alternative ?”

Kuntal introduced and discussed some advantages of shipping containers involving flexibility, durability, and affordability in his blog. I partly agree with him except the durability. Shipping containers are originally produced for loading goods. It could only basically defend the terrible weather. However, it could difficult act well in thermal insulation and natural ventilation as a long-term living…
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Comment on Jackson’s “The position of urban green space in 21st Century”

Jackson discussed the importance of urban green spaces in today’s cities. I totally agree with that. Non-infectious and climate change are servious problems in 21st century. Sustainability is the most effective way to alleviate these issues. However, in overcrowded cities, we have limited spaces to develop. So, the new forms like roof garden, pocket park,…
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Comment on Sharon Zhu’s blog “Designing in Historic Environments”

In Sharon’s blog, she talked about how to preserve the historical heritages in China and particularly in a historic city Xian. I would like to comment with this blog is because of I studied in Xian for four years. Therefore, I have lots of experience with the preserving Xian’s historical feature. Firstly, I agree with…
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Comment on Sharon Zhu’s “Food and the City”

Sharon in her blog suggested the benefits of having urban farms in terms of solving the urgency of food supply in cities. I agree that the idea of “farm-to-table” is great when customers nowadays concern more on the food safety and freshness.  Taking Shanghai and Hong Kong from the blog as example, unlike other places,…
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Comment on Ryan Conlon’s “The Importance of the Urban Waterfront”

In the blog, Ryan introduced urban waterfronts’ role during industrialisation and de-industrialisation period.  We can see that most of the cities and towns in the world are built along waterfronts.  Cradle of civilisation were also situated along large river valleys. Adem raised a very interesting point focusing on the benefits of water as urban blue…
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The position of urban green space in 21st Century

Urban green space had gain attention from people all over the world, especially in the city that under development. Most of the new develop city had include urban green space in their planning. It can be in various form, such as roof garden, pocket park, vertical green, and urban farm. No matter in what form,…
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Urban Governance in tourist precincts

Cultural tourism has often been looked upon by the post-industrial cities as an economic base. Recent trends show that urban tourism has led to the prioritization of urban public spaces and public spaces forming a part of the tourist precinct become a part of the tourist attraction being visited (Mordue T.,2007). With the high influx…
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A new trend of living – Live-work

A new trend of living – Live-work 21st century is a technologically advanced era, all kind of technology is growing rapidly especially the network. Living in this era had made remote control things that is far away using the network is never been so easy. This has bring up the born of a new trend of…
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Cohousing Benefits

Cohousing or shared living has become one of the first options for many people when seeking an alternative to the bustle of contemporary cities. The cohousing communities are often a part of the planning and designing process as they share the common spaces like gardens, laundry, dining, guest rooms etc. The residents are responsible for…
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The importance of the urban waterfront

The last several decades have seen many cities around the world regenerate their post-industrial urban waterfront. The sites that where once scattered with large ships, countless factories and heavy pollution are now places of encounter, activity and architectural innovation. In this blog post, I am going to look at how the form of urban waterfronts…
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