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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Viva Blue House (2): Co-living in Grade I Listed Building

  A brief history of “Viva Blue House” Revitalisation Project is mentioned in the last blog.  The project is now completed and provide 32 units, including ground floor shops.  Existing residents will be moving back to their units, while the remaining 12 units will be used in the “Good Neighbourhood Programme”. Co-living, as a new…
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Experience of participating in co-design exercise

Co-design exercise Co-design exercise is an important part during the progress of forming and building the co-housing. Members of the co-housing will take part in this exercise to give their opinion. In this blog, I am going to share about my experience of participating a scenario based co-design exercise.   Site planning I participate this co-designexercise…
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Kyodo No Mori Japanese Co-housing

Christian, D. (2008). “Forest” Cohousing in Japan, Pt.II. [online] Available at: [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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Comment on Adem Altunkaya’s ‘Community Participation and Methods for Community Involvement’

Community participation provides ways in which people can come together and provide their opinion creating some local ownership and control. People can participate in debates and discussions at various levels catering to the need for a range of wider (formal and informal) ways of people participation. Adem, highlights on Prue Chiles lecture about the importance of…
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Building a sustainable community or neighbourhood: Exploring better approaches to design

In the lecture Building A Sustainable Community Or Neighbourhood, Prue Chiles argued that “we need to be more ambitious and aim higher when building a new community or neighbourhood”. It emphasized the importance of both individual working and co-production in the architecture and urban design process. And she also focused on the public engagement of…
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