October 25, 2014 § Leave a comment
This amazing little film demonstrates how a singular public space in a city can represent such an incredible cross-section of society. A beautiful range of histories, personalities and ways of life have been captured through the lens of Victoria Park. Have a watch.
October 11, 2014 § 1 Comment
As part of International Car Free Day, some Latvian cyclists showed the difference between the amount of space that bikes and cars take up on the road. What an awesome idea! Check here for more details.
October 11, 2014 § Leave a comment
Cykelby #5: Snapped this one on a trip to Stockholm last week.
I wasn’t really sure what to expect in terms of bike culture before arriving in this city. From what I knew, Malmö in the south is one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the world. But it is also very small, dense and has a high number of students. On the other hand, I was well aware that Stockholm is far bigger and more spread. However, on arrival I felt a bit overwhelmed at how incredibly car-dominated most of the city actually is. While there were sporadic elements of great bicycle infrastructure and what seems to be an embedded (but diluted) engrained cycling culture, I was left a little disappointed with the lack of two-wheeled enthusiasm. I was particularly shocked when a good Stockholm based friend of mine told me that she gets the underground the 2 miles to work each day!
In a sense Stockholm felt like the city was trapped somewhere between an American city of the 70s and a more progressive Scandinavian city of today (eg. Copenhagen). It’ll be interesting to see how the city continues to evolve over the coming few years and whether infrastructure dollars will find their way into more sustainable approaches to street design.
September 21, 2014 § Leave a comment
This week we’ve heard the incredible news of the win for the Long Live Southbank campaign.
Just a year ago I wrote the article Are Our greatest Cities Destroying Their Greatest Assets? in support of the skate spot. Careful not naively underplay the complexity of the issue, I explained that the tension that exists over the space spans far beyond what is occurring in London and is deeply interconnected with global processes. I argued that as cities compete with each other, they construct bigger towers, host more events, attract larger investments and market themselves as the greenest, healthiest, most liveable and most global. At the same time, they’re destroying what actually makes them special—the organic spaces that breed creativity and spread culture across the globe.
What spaces like the Southbank Undercroft represent is far more important than what could ever replace them. By razing spaces like them, cities like London lose the very assets that makes them unique.
So psyched on the win for Long Live Southbank campaign.
September 20, 2014 § Leave a comment
Over the past couple of weeks I’ve started compiling a bunch of my photos of housing estates from around London to put into a small book/mag style publication. As a little introduction…
The London housing estate has been represented in all forms and from a range of perspectives throughout its history. Often associated with crime and inequality, it is well-understood that inner city housing estates offer social cohesion and geographic opportunities that suburban living can not.
While their physical form can be dark, frightening and somewhat overwhelming these are much they same attributes as one would relate to the city of London itself. London – on the surface at least – is not a beautiful city. It’s beauty however, lies within its diverse population, networks and opportunities. Much the same as the housing estate. Rather than a place of isolation and desolation as is often portrayed by the mainstream, this short book will be a tribute to London’s housing estates.
By representing them as places of charm and intrigue, we can peel back the layers to show how they are places of immense wealth, beauty and opportunity.
More details soon.