December 9, 2013

The waterfront promenade is a political battleground

For many people waterfront promenades are places to drive to, get out, go for walks (perhaps with their dogs on retractable leads), before returning to their cars to drive home. For a few of us though, […]
November 30, 2013

Introducing the “slip block”, where your bike replaces the lift.

At the risk of overdosing on kind thoughtful reactions to my bike-centric ground plane (thank you Archinect for providing that forum), I have decided to expose myself to reactions to an idea we’ve been developing here, for […]
November 27, 2013

Now try to imagine a purpose-built city for bikes.

An essay I have co-written with Angelina Russo for The Conversation, that appeared two days ago, points to the power of utopian visions and cultural institutions to bring these into the cultural imaginary. My big vision is for urban districts […]
November 23, 2013

Sorry ol’ timers, there will be no room for cars in the new generation fast city.

Dreams really do come true. Look at Norman Bel Geddes’s dream of a world designed around cars. Predating widespread car ownership, and on the tail end of The Depression, it would certainly have caused naysayers in […]
November 19, 2013

Let experiments in urban decay run their course

Pessimists have so much to revel in nowadays. Climate change is happening. Fossil fuels are running out. Cities are clogged with cars and their fumes. And anyone born in a more affluent country will most likely […]