Ben Saunders

Hello, my name is Ben I am from Crosby in the North West of England. I completed my undergraduate degree in Urban Planning at Newcastle University in 2018 and now I am studying Urban Design. Throughout my undergraduate degree I opted for all the available design modules and developed a keen interest in Urbanism and Urban Design, my interests developed through both my undergraduate course and through experiencing the significant changes brought about by the 2008 Liverpool European Capital of Culture, particular interests of mine are Urban Regeneration, Smart Cities development and Festivalisation of space.


A Reflection of Milan

Recently I had the opportunity to visit Milan as part of the Cities & Culture module this year, we were there to work on a group project centred around the derelict unfinished Aldo Rossi station in the South West region of the city. This post will be reflecting on the journey to creating a design…
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Transformations through Tech; the adoption of VR & AR

As Technology is becoming more prominent in day to day life covering leisure and education pursuits, so does technology revolutions within industries. Today this post will be discussing technology implementation in the built environment with a focus on VR & AR advancements. Technology adoption and adaption is a particular interest of mine and the potential…
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Comment on “Lessons From Detroit”

Thank you for sharing your post on the lessons to be learned from Detroit’s decline, highlighting important warnings for mono-industrial places and how to revitalise a city in a state of decline. Detroit is an interesting example of managed decline on a large scale that showcases natures reclamation of the built environment as well as…
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Comment on “The Late Shows – Cultural Event”

Thanks, Harley, for sharing your experiences with NewcastleGateshead’s Lateshow, as a cultural event it has great ideals of evoking community interaction while also encouraging education and uptake of a variety of creative and artistic endeavours. I agree with your thoughts particularly on the Ouseburn area as a hidden gem of a creative cluster, I often…
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Comment on “Potential of abandoned industrial areas”

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on industrial potential, Ainaz. I too have a keen interest in the reclamation of derelict space and found your post invaluable in highlighting the potential for revitalisation in a post-industrial environment. A few good examples of such come to mind such as Newcastle’s Ouseburn, Ten Streets Development or Liverpool’s…
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The Baltic Triangle; Liverpool’s Creative Quarter

Following on from my last post, we continue with the theme of urban renewal and reclamation of abandoned spaces, in this post we will discuss The Baltic Triangle, an award-winning Cultural Cluster development set in the heart of Liverpool City Centre named one of the coolest places to live in 2017. Image: The Sunday Times…
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The Lowline; new dimensions to city growth:

The success of New York’s Highline has inspired a new wave of urban renewal projects and sparked imaginative discussion on how we can best tap into unused and derelict spaces. Amongst these discussions an interesting concept emerged that stood in stark contrast to the elevation of the Highline, that is; We have a highline, why…
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Building For Life 12 – Smith’s Dock, North Shields

Urban splash’s Smith’s dock project is a contemporary take on a coastal community which is currently under development in North Shields along the edge of the River Tyne with views of both the river and the North Sea. In this post I will be analysing the scheme in relation to The Building for Life 12…
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