August 21, 2011

Urban Design in the age of the bicycle

I am fortunate to have been taught urban design by an unusually articulate professor, Barry Maitland: Cambridge educated; now making a buck as a novelist; all round great guy. I hope I can do justice to […]
August 18, 2011

3 take-home lessons from the US

Everything is a religion in America. I can imagine apathy societies having annual meetings and handing out leaflets. Given this proclivity for zeal among some 300,000,000 well-to-do folk, should we be surprised to learn some of […]
August 17, 2011

Help me Pooh Bear!

20 years after plans were adopted for a continuous waterfront promenade in place of my city’s old docks, I see bulldozers on site. It seems they just had to wait for a development hiatus (courtesy of […]
August 17, 2011

Eisenman’s BMX track in Spain

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beGqcHinYac To my mind, buildings like these foretell those we will be building soon with cycling in mind, as cycling is increasingly seen as a panacea for every societal ill. Fair enough too, given cycling really […]
August 16, 2011

Fly-throughs and ride-throughs

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qha1celFi0 In many ways the world is being designed for the day when everyone cycles, without designers having any idea they are being so kind to us. I’ve written and spoken before about us (cyclists) inheriting […]