April 6, 2011

“Sustainable weekender”: an oxymoron if ever there was one!

A little white lie has been floating around the Australian architectural scene for over a decade that, protected by the web's anonymity (real name Steven Fleming—just don't tell my mum), I am about to expose. It […]
April 5, 2011

“Eco” estates are a sham

The "World’s best environmental development", according to Radio National, has a covenant banning air conditioning. Well woopdido. All the houses have internal access garaging for cars. Plus, the "village" is miles from no-where, inland from Coolangatta. […]
April 4, 2011

P.J. O’Rourke does have a point!

I’ve always enjoyed this guy’s straight shooting, so read his attack on New York’s bike paths with an open mind. He is delightful to read actually. He mocks himself as a boomer, makes points that are […]
April 4, 2011

Bike parking fundamental, and fundamentally forgotten

Rem Koolhaas’s Educatorium, Utrecht University, Holland. Rem Koolhaas, perhaps because he is Dutch, designs a campus building as a bike parking station, with some classrooms on top. In so doing, he makes himself look young, down […]
April 4, 2011

Site Architects, bicycles and digs at car culture

Idiosyncratic architects are often overlooked. Their work defies the shared values of camps, so is hard to write about, or appreciate. Add the fact that James Wines himself starts life as King of kitsch, and next […]