August 3, 2014

The pedelec as a metaphor for mutant cities of the machine-age

The architectural theorist/historian Kenneth Frampton is best known for teaching architects to mine their own region for wise ways of building, rather than following every international trend. Less known, but even better, is his idea that architects […]
July 31, 2014

Cyclelogistics + Housing = Activation of Lonely Bike Routes

Guys and gals, it has occurred to that: 1. most cities have a few lonely cycleways running through logistics land. I’m thinking in particular of a cycleway that I used to ride every day, wedged between […]
July 16, 2014

Speaking out against lesser evils

The trick to looking like a vital activist is to rally people against an unarguable evil that they’ll never be able to change. Movie stars, politicians and crowds will always come out to walk against “want”, […]
July 11, 2014

Dry & drive, or drink & ride?

To spare myself the trouble of looking up the actual law, I’ll just tell you what a former police officer recently told me, that cops on the beat are no more concerned about drunken people on […]
July 8, 2014

Lessons from the 2014 Venice Biennale for bicycle urbanism

I’ve just returned from my 4th grand tour of Italy in 6 years, with a few sketches and big dose of inspiration from the 2014 Biennale in Venice. Let’s face it, Italy is the world’s premier […]