July 5, 2015

Postcard from a centre of reason: Vicenza

The architectural study tour I lead every year naturally takes me to Vicenza, Palladio-land. For an unimaginably low fee, this city has been made into an unimaginable paradise, without the faintest sound of a car or motorbike engine. With a […]
July 4, 2015

The Aggregated Municipality of Bicycling Districts, Australia

It is good for some European cities that their bicycle modal shares are in the order of one or two thirds. How though would life be made better for me by living in Utrecht or Lund as compared to living in Inner West […]
June 30, 2015

How very—how you say?— “Mediterranean”!

Every year at this time I drop the bicycle urbanist persona and take a bus load of architecture students on a grand tour of Italy. I have developed quite a routine with a chronological itinerary focusing on the […]
June 21, 2015

Trying to walk out of Dubai airport

To be fair, if it wasn’t for thousands of other cities that are oil dependent by design, there wouldn’t even be a Dubai. So in one sense it is fitting that Dubai be a celebration of machine […]
June 11, 2015

Don’t move to Tassie. Fight for affordable housing in Sydney.

Angry rant warning plus a thank you to the incomparable Susie Cooper for the photo of me that you’ll find below. This is the only direct route from my (current) neighbourhood to the town centre of […]