Reflective Summary on semester 2

In the second semester, our main studio design project was about “Housing Alternatives”. Aim for this module was to learn and research about various types of housing development schemes and their work models. Before we started with our studio project we learned about “BFL 12” (Building for life) which are basically twelve design criteria to design and…
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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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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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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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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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The experience in Sinclair Meadows

My experience about Housing alternative is based on three sites which teacher brought us to visit. They are all in Newcastle and some of the features are very distinctive. We visited for three site which are Malings, The Rise and Sinclair Meadows. The most impressive one for me is Sinclair Meadows. Because of the eco-friendly…
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Public health and housing in 19th Century England

The levels of urbanization have been dependent on geography and the historical situations. During the nineteenth century agricultural productivity and industrialization were the main factors that determined the levels of urbanization (Paul Bairoch P. & Goertz G., 1985). A large population in spite of living in the countryside was not involved in agriculture and a…
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