November 3, 2010

Old and New Visions

In the 1950s, Louis Kahn was proposing car parking towers ringing Philadelphia’s CBD. Today that city holds international design competitions soliciting buildings that will celebrate cycling, like this 3rd place getter, by Swedish architects "We Are […]
November 3, 2010

Bicycletecture: goddam I KNEW I would find you!

For a while I have been predicting that this shift we are witnessing in our cities, toward bicycling and away from dependence on cars, would inevitably see the appearance of buildings that celebrate bicycles, the way […]
October 25, 2010

A history of cafe styles, from Googie to the “Aware Style”.

The 1950s car craze had its own distinct form of architecture: Googie. In drivers’ imaginations, cars were a step on the interplanetary highway to that future date when all of us would own spaceships, and fly […]
October 23, 2010

Bicycletecture, a step up from carchitecture

Cyclespace architecture (or, if you will allow, "Bicycletecture") draws its parameters from architecture inspired by the car, only it swaps cars for bikes. That is to say, it produces counterparts to great moments in carchitecture. Thus, […]