November 22, 2011

Where to see the bicycling Renaissance

In the cycling Renaissance, Portland is today’s Florence, and the utility bike is the chapel. Design history is being made there, right now. http://vimeo.com/32176853 Portland is a sprawling, car dominated, cold and wet city with hills, […]
November 22, 2011

Bike SLOAP

A lifetime seeking out back-routes discarded by drivers, has given me a hermit crab’s view of the world. As cyclists, we’re like that. We colonize space that John West rejects. So I see mountain bike riders […]
November 16, 2011

Bikes are like breast milk (and other casualties of Modernity)

Aren’t bikes like breast milk! I mean, crooks like Nestlé had us fooled infant formula had to be better. And aren’t bikes like those cast iron frying pans, that you get for ten bucks from the camp […]
November 12, 2011

Cyclists cleanse underbellies and bowels

Cyclists colonize and revitalize disused industrial easements. It’s just one of the many magnanimous things that we do. Minneapolis’s cyclists turned abandoned tracks into an artery of life and commerce, which that city now calls its Midtown […]
November 10, 2011

The epistemology of bike path design

Given our penchant for Chomskyan sophistries, and for trying our darndest to understand Derrida and Deleuze and these people, we architects have grown to be way too intellectually fashionable for structuralist thinking, of the kind that says: “copy […]