November 6, 2010

Might buildings have bike ramps rather than lifts?

Woolworth’s building, NYC, 1926.       Unite De Habitation 1952                  The Woolworths Building, and tall buildings thereafter, owe their height to Elisha Otis’s plummet-proof elevator of 1852. A century later, Le Corbusier gave a tall apartment building wide […]
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 […]
November 2, 2010

Nobody likes an imposter

A group of social riders have chosen my local cafe as a place to lean their 15K bikes on display and sit around in matching team kits they all went out and bought as a group. […]
October 31, 2010

When can a bicycle also be art?

There can be no doubting bicycles arouse certain viewers, mainly men over 40. But then so do photos of Justin Bieber, mainly girls below 12. (Social order depends on us keeping that as it is!) I […]