Comment on post by Qingyi Du – Cohousing scheme at Lancaster

I think it’s really important to highlight the specific day to day reasons why cohousing works for the residents of the Lancaster Cohousing scheme, and I think this blog post does that very well. Our visit to Lancaster was ‘eye-opening’ as it is one thing reading about a scheme in the library or on the…
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Review of Housing Alternatives Project and Semester 2

I must to say I achieve a lot during the housing alternatives project. As an architecture student before, I did a residential design when I was in undergraduate. But there are some difference between architecture and urban design. As an architect, you will more focus on the function and layout of interior spaces, as well…
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Cohousing studies and the future

Cohousing combines the autonomy of private dwellings with the advantages of community living. It has private units, semi-private space and indoor and outdoor communal space. It is built at low, medium and high densities and in a variety of layouts and locations. (Williams, 2005) I had some narrow views at the beginning of the cohousing…
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Sustainable Urban Design

Themes for sustainable urban design have become more widespread in recent years. For this paper I will focus on three points of sustainable urban design. Building pedestrian cities, expanding the public realm Car-oriented cities have many problems. The exhaust gas form vehicles are damaging the environment. People spend too much time on their way to…
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The Future of Suburbia

So many of the UK’s major towns and cities are characterised by low density, sprawling suburbia where the car is king and the houses reference nothing of the local character creating neighbourhoods with little sense of place. Why, therefore, do so many people aspire to live in these neighbourhoods? What can be done to redevelop…
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Community Consultation – My Experience

The ‘Housing Alternatives’ module is a part of the MA Urban Design here at Newcastle University, and one of the initial aspects of the module was to visit Lancaster Cohousing. The scheme is relatively new cohousing project in the North West of England in the village of Halton, near Lancaster. As part of the trip…
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Comment on Yixi Lu`s ‘Sustainable drainage system (SUDS) in U.K.’

This is a really interesting topic, coz now in China; there are very similar ideas called “the sponges’ cities”. Sponges’ cities have the ability to absorb water like the sponges. These cities can retain rainwater as much as possible. For instance, when we design a park, we try to use the water absorbent materials to…
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