August 29, 2012

Optimising the knowledge-based city

The networks of land that were forged from farmlands and wilderness in the industrial age, so our ancestors could move and process commodities, have the potential of now becoming networks for moving and processing knowledge. That old […]
August 28, 2012

Cities that need to send all their shopkeepers to Florence, for a free holiday.

If only politics would abide, planners would create vehicular exclusion zones around all city centres, like the one that keeps growing in Florence. If they were bike nuts like me, those planners would litter city centres […]
August 26, 2012

Cities that have to die first

When Richard Florida’s speaking fee hit UDS$35,000, he was accepting invitations to speak in cities no creative young hot-shot would deign to step foot in. (That story here). Speakers in demand quickly turn into pied pipers. […]
August 24, 2012

Bike apple bike station: cool or just kitsch?

If I am to trust those coolhunting blogs that chase anything natty and green, then the green-apple-shapped bicycle parking station in Alphen aan den Rijn in the Netherlands (by Wytze Patijn & Kuiper Compagnons architects) is a giant leap forward […]
August 24, 2012

I hope I’m not a bike Nazi

Because of the way cyclists are persecuted, dangerously harassed by drivers using their cars as weapons, and demonised by mainstream media looking for anything “other” to attack for their readers’ amusement, cyclists are understandably quite angry […]