July 1, 2012

Architects and the Public Health Agenda

It is easy to believe that the only generation of architects who thought their enterprise could make people healthy and strong, were the ones designing light airy Modernism in the decades leading to Pruit Igoe. That […]
June 29, 2012

I have seen but not conquered

Landmark buildings are generally too far apart to speak to pedestrians, and nothing speaks to drivers except the traffic around them. So to whom are they pitched? The W-Hotel and Gehry’s fish in Barcelona, are two […]
June 28, 2012

Hi from Barcelola

What a busy 3 weeks! I have just finished leading an architectural history study tour of France and Spain, while finalising the text of my book Cycle-Space ready for the copy editor, and at the same […]
June 24, 2012

Clearing my desk of some recent photos

I have some photos on my desktop I’m dying to share. The first is of a lady of indigenous Dutch appearance, stealing a boost from her “immigrant” looking friend on a moped. I took this in […]
June 23, 2012

Bring back the boater for biking

Thank you Gusto for that inspiring photo, with such wonderful hats! Also from the 1800s, and our own city, comes this early photo of the start of a bicycle scratch race. Please pay special attention to what […]