March 13, 2013

Why design bicycle cities?

We get it all wrong if we talk about bicycle-centred urban design as a great thing for the economy, or the environment or public health. The moment we start, we get sidetracked, mentioning other ways to […]
March 11, 2013

How will office buildings adapt to more cycling?

First a little extraneous background to the history of the office building as a type. We could go back to the Greek stoa or Roman basilica, but that would be stupid. The earliest key interval of […]
March 8, 2013

It can be a good thing for cities if the plebs shop at malls

The suburban mega mall trend can be a blessing in disguise for city centres. I have had the dubious privilege of spending most of my life in a city that long ago saw shopping  stolen from […]
March 7, 2013

What’s Hot?

Here’s a current affairs roundup of stuff to interest architects who think the built environment needs morphing to receive bicycle motion. I’ll come back and add more as more come to mind, or as readers offer suggestions. […]
March 6, 2013

Conceptualising a bike focused city, with cheese.

When masterplanning new urban districts, a lot of architects I know speak of drawing broad brushstrokes representing slab blocks striping their sites. They work with known widths for slab blocks—e.g. 22m if they’ll be double-loading their […]