Comment on Kuntal Rami’s “Famous Public Squares of Italy & It’s Importance in Urban Fabric”

Kuntal discusses public squares which he visited during the MAUD field trip to Italy, and the importance these squares hold within their respective cities. He highlights how the squares are used for festivals, public gathering and markets, stressing how their role is a significant one in cities. This supports Camillo Sitte’s (1945) claim, that cities had…
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Comment on Adem Altunkaya’s “Scenario based co-design exercise”

Adem discusses the co-design exercise which his group developed during the Housing Alternative’s module. As stated in his blog, his groups exercise was one which aimed to inform residents about the different typologies available. The exercise began with demonstrating what different typologies might be available to residents. Adem says that the exercise was based around…
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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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Trip to New York City & It’s Amazing Skyline.

A trip to New York City As a child I had always wanted to visit New York City and its amazing skyline . I became fascinated by the city after watching numerous movies, set in a great urban metropolis bustling with a hive of activity. During my studies, I’ve gained a deeper appreciation for this…
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