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Icebreaker: Space justice

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When I first checked the course description of TCP8090, I thought it was a theoretical course, and after a series of lectures, it would be enough to write an essay at the end of the class, but I didn’t realize that this course is so interesting, it not only requires us to create websites, but also wants us to DIY the web content throughout, which is a field I’ve never been exposed to, and it’s kind of a new This is a new field that I’ve never touched before, so it’s kind of a new attempt.

About myself, my name is Li Runquan, I majored in urban planning and design in my undergraduate studies, and my family is engaged in this field, which led me to be interested in architecture and cities since I was a child, I have spent a lot of time traveling to various cities in China and even in the world to explore the humanities and architectural styles of each city, which made me a lot of benefits.

Urban design is not only a discipline for me, but also a friend, because I can get pleasure from dialoguing with it, and even more valuable is the rich knowledge, for example, the theme of my graduation design at undergraduate level is how to realize spatial justice. I myself am a pure communist warrior, and the concept of spatial justice is then perfectly integrated into my thoughts, I have always believed that the current urban design is more of an elite urban design, with little consideration for the survival and life of the people at the bottom, for example, elite style spaces like Starbucks will actually have very few low-income groups entering them, so I wondered if we can consider to realize spatial justice by some Therefore, I wonder if we can consider to realize a social resting place for low-income people through some design techniques, instead of just designing a square or park for their entertainment. In my opinion, spatial justice should not only be realized between different income groups, but also include different age groups, because, in today’s society, different age groups are actually very divided, and basically there is no space that can fully accommodate the gathering of different age groups, so I hope that during my postgraduate studies at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, I can find more ways and means to realize spatial justice, which I think is something that is very important for society for people in general.

As a matter of fact, I always think that I am an idealist, I don’t think too much about the economic benefit level of things a lot of the time, because studying the relevant professional knowledge makes me more aware of the cruelty and reality of the world, which is a saddening thing to me, but a lot of the time you need to do some design to do something you want, and that’s something that has to be taken into consideration, and that’s what I have to think about for the urban design.

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