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It has been historically registered places been designed and built without considering their end-users. And when it comes to kids, it becomes easier to ignore this group and not include them in the design process. But what happens when we give children the opportunity to design our city? Mara Mintzer co-founded and currently is the...
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Bosco Verticale by Boeri Studio Awards: RIBA Award for International Excellence 2018 Stefano Boeri Studio, 2015 As a follow on from my previous blog post, I aim to look within the urban transformation of the Porta Nuova area and focus on two of the twenty towers which have been built in the last decade (E,...
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The post Bosco Verticale – Alternative Housing case study appeared first on Urban Design.

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As I was doing my (almost) daily 2-mile walk during this Easter Holiday, I noticed the luscious green fields that I walked past every day has become a construction site. Vast areas of green were disappearing, making way for new homes. It made me quite emotional, not in an angry way but I was so...
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The post When do we start preparing for the future and that odd design competition? appeared first on Urban Design.

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1 Nanjing 1912 Cultural Quarter’s consumption space status 1.1 Location traits Figure 1 Masterplan of 1912 Cultural Quarter 1912 Cultural Quarter (the founding of the Republic of China in 1912) is separated from the former National Government of Nanjing by a wall. It is hoped that the unique cultural attributes and historical origins of the...
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The post The Coexistence of Urban Traditional Quarters and Consumption Space——Taking Nanjing 1912 Traditional Quarter as an Example appeared first on Urban Design.

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Milan is a powerhouse and in many ways acts as a test bed for contemporary architecture and design in Italy. In the past 10 years or so the city has seen a shift in thinking when it comes to urban regeneration with an emphasis on the Milan of the future, learning and building from the...
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The post Porta Nuova – Milanese case study appeared first on Urban Design.

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Recently, a 305m tulip tower with leisure, tourist and education facilities has obtained planning approval by the City of London Corporation. The proposed scheme will be located on 20 Bury Street, beside the Gherkin Tower and other tall buildings. Locally in Newcastle, a 82m tall building proposal in Rutherford Street has granted permission back in...
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The post Why are there so few tall buildings in the UK? appeared first on Urban Design.

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Thanks, Winnie, for raising some interesting points to reflect on shared spaces. I agree with you on that shared spaces don’t have the usual elements people expect to see to help them orientate and navigate through public spaces. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean that these “shared spaces are bad for visually impaired people (VIPs)”. One of...
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The post Reply to “Comment on: Universal Design in Urban Public Spaces: “Tenji Blocks”. appeared first on Urban Design.

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Laura, thank you for sharing and celebrating the “Tenji Block” with us, in such an interesting post! Like you said it is definitely important that we should incorporate universal designs in the public realm, especially for the vulnerable people. It has especially become a concern to involve universal design, where designers are creating blended, mixed...
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Thank you for your interesting post about the High Line history Xinmin! I have always admired the eye New Yorkers have to identify which spaces are not working, and how they can transform them into public spaces that benefit their city. In fact, this city has several similar cases. I mentioned one example of this...
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The post COMMENT TO: “Inspiration from the renovation of the New York High Line” appeared first on Urban Design.

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Recently, whilst I was scrolling through social media, I came across this sleek mini driverless shuttle bus designed by MUJI and Finnish autonomous-driving company called Sensible 4 (Hitti, 2019). My first impressions were that it was small, friendly and compact, compared to large shuttle buses, making it easier to manoeuvre around the city. This is...
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The post Driverless Gacha, by MUJI and Sensible 4 appeared first on Urban Design.

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