Housing options for older people

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In many countries, the challenge of ensure the high accessibility standard to all the units should be considered in purpose to ensure the environment more accessible when designing a house for older people (Maisel, 2010). Newer housing design for older … Continue reading

‘Colorful Vallage’ for older people in Hexam

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http://www.norwegian.com/magazine/features/2013/05/fifty-shades-of-everything In this semester, we are going to design co-housing, social housing and private housing in Hexham. This is my first time to know about co-housing. Therefore, what is co-housing? Here, I will explain it briefly. It is more like … Continue reading

Realising the economic viability and effectiveness of a design.

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(http://ptqguide.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/PIC-Blog-1-Whats-your-budget.png)   The overarching theme that always comes into mind when determining a design for an area is the economic viability and effectiveness of the proposal. Throughout various lectures, in particular the economics lecture, it was reiterated that a design … Continue reading

Integrate agriculture in South Shield

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When I got this project, my thought was very simple and shallow. I only think about how to design this town, how to design a beautiful scenery and not about any other things. I just focus on the design and … Continue reading

The Awareness and Development of Urban Agriculture in Different Regions

Food shortage has always been a big problem for the whole world. Although now technology is making progress and productivity is gradually improving, the growing food consumption still cannot be satisfied. At present, the world population has reached 7 billion, … Continue reading

Indoor Urban Agriculture: One way to have an extensive food growing in the city.

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  Food is a basic need of every human being that must be fulfilled every day. Therefore, food production must continue to increase in number from day to day to meet all of these great needs. In 2050, the World … Continue reading

Landscape Urbanism Case Study – Parc de La Villette

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Many global risks of population increasing and climate change are concentrated in urban areas, such as heat stress, water& soil pollution, air pollution, and extreme weather events, which lead to a less liveable urban environment. Therefore, urban inhabitants desperately demand … Continue reading

Urban agriculture in South Shields

  Now we are working at the regeneration of South Shields. Our preliminary idea is connect the open space and local residents through urban agriculture. We want to change the current situation of South Shields, such as “lacking of attraction”, … Continue reading

Self-motivated Urban Agriculture in Chinese City – A Derivative of Urban Sprawl

As a developing concept of urban agriculture, it is always treated as an approach to address several existing urban issues such as meeting the needs of food consumption, optimising the environment, enhance the sense of community, and offering job opportunities. In general, urban agriculture could be understood as integrate agriculture into within or around city area to fit with urban social, economic, and ecological system. It is playing a increasingly important role in many cities` planning system and design guidances. However, the application of urban agriculture in China seems more rough and self-motivated. In most developed cities in China, urban sprawl is progressing some significant changes in suburban and out-suburban areas. One of the most important is that the                    pre-exist separate houses for farmers have been transformed into gated community with high raise flats. Meanwhile, lots of agricultural lands have been occurred for service sector developments. Although such physical changes have had happened, local residents, however, are always hard to get used to the lifestyle of citizens`. They still tend to keep the a farming lifestyle. Therefore, lots of open spaces in such gated communities are occurred by the residents and used as farming places.   Figure1: ‘Agriculture land’ in a gated community Source: http://china-news-home.blogspot.co.uk/2010/08/blog-post_5412.html Figure2: The gated community supposed to look like Source: http://china-news-home.blogspot.co.uk/2010/08/blog-post_5412.html Such changes of land used are generally not planned on the community master plan, which means they are mostly not allowed. Both Figure1 and Figure2 are taken from a same gated community which shows a major difference in terms of landscape. Such rough changes have been progressed are always because most of local residents share similar lifestyle and experiences. However, other local residents would might feel unfair as the proposed open spaces have been ‘privatised’ as farming land for specific residential groups. Meanwhile, the landscape and environmental enjoyment of such community is always thus been significantly damaged as the manures are always smelly. Such urban agriculture could be defined as rough urban agriculture as they are always not well designed and planned. Some negative and inefficient impacts such as damaging the landscape, reducing local living amenity, limited contribution to food production, and low food security might always been caused. Namely, the emerge of  such urban agriculture is generally self-motivated and could be illegal. Nevertheless, such social phenomenon also bring us a consideration on neighbourhood design and local planning system. A sustainable neighbourhood should be basically meet … Continue reading

Urban Agriculture to improve deprived areas? or Urban Agriculture to have food security?

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Image: http://www.globalwarming.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/food-security.jpg As part of our module in semester 1, our assignment was to look at South Shields and implement urban agricultural schemes to overcome problems that the town faced. Using various case studies and innovative methods we were to create … Continue reading


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