I am a writer, academic, speaker and consultant, working at the theoretical limits of the cycling renaissance. I combine my PhD in philosophy+architecture, my experience designing new towns in Singapore, and my passions for writing, cycling and teaching, to generate new theories and concepts in aesthetics and spatial planning. Many appear in my most recent book.
I have been invited to speak to institutes of architecture in New York, Rotterdam, Singapore and Sydney. I have held visiting positions at Columbia and Harvard universities. I have presented findings to large scale developers. Ongoing, I lead a unique design studio looking at creative architectural responses to cycling, and coordinate graduate research at the University of Tasmania. Though I race bikes as my hobby, I would swap that for a world where children and seniors could enjoy the freedom of cycling on layers of their cities that are safe from cars.
The post-industrial era gives us an opportunity to order redevelopment districts upon a more rational mobility platform. The bicycle is unrivalled in its elegance. It draws motion from surplus calories, distributes eyes to every street, and fosters chance interaction—so vital in a knowledge economy. It deserved to be the first principle of Modernist architecture and planning. On brown-fields, it can be.
Thank you for visiting my site where you will find:
an archive of almost 1000 blog posts dating to 2009
reviews and news relating to my latest book Cycle Space (Rotterdam: Nai010, 2012)
details of a bi-annual event, Bike Hour, that I initiated and which is now followed world-wide, and
a media log
For inquiries regarding design charrettes, speaking, media engagements or research opportunities, please refer to my contact page. I can’t be contacted on Sunday mornings, for reasons pictured below.