Tag Archives: Transport

Weekend Bookshelf: Desmond and a ‘World of Art’

Introducing Desmond!  This little pottery dragon has sat on every desk I’ve ever worked at from my GCSEs to my PhD and continues to occupy a small corner, overseeing matters.  I can’t remember how I ended up with a dragon.  I’m not Welsh. I don’t have a particular propensity for the mythical animal and I […]

Holiday Bookshelf: It’s (almost) all about London

With the new year comes the professional/personal stocktake.  Assessment of those elements of your life you’re not happy with and the construction of hopeful solutions.  My bugbear is location.  If I could live anywhere tomorrow it would be Sydney, Washington DC or San Francisco, in that order, but I can’t. So London it is. My […]

Weekend Bookshelf – All About the Kids

Weekend Bookshelf It was an impromptu long weekend with my sister and her family and so the usual reading material, and the weekend papers, were replaced with picture books and creative tasks (and I didn’t switch my laptop on once!!). 1. Geoff Waring – Oscar and the Bat. A Book about Sound 2. Geoff Waring – Oscar and […]

Battle of the Cities, and Melbourne Wins Again

The Economist Intelligence Unit has awarded Melbourne the title of “most liveable city” for the third time.  Of the 140 cities surveyed four of the top ten are Australian and the rest are the usual suspects, a mix of cities from Canada, Finland and New Zealand. TOP 10 Melbourne, Australia Vienna, Austria Vancouver, Canada Toronto, […]

Testing Shared Space in Poynton

The final nominee in the Academy of Urbanism‘s Great Street category is Park Lane in Poynton.  Located on the the busy A523 between Macclesfield and Stockport, it was Poynton Town Council’s adoption of a radical approach to dealing with this problem that resulted in it being short listed. Rejecting calls for a bypass, pedestrianisation or speed […]

Dreaming the Impossible: Unbuilt Britain – A Review

Architectural history is littered with grand plans and ambitious proposals that have never seen their delivery.  From funding issues and short-sighted bureaucrats to misplaced social concepts and technologies beyond their time, there are numerous obstacles that have defeated them.  During my undergraduate architecture education I was fascinated by unbuilt structures, the ambition that lay behind […]

Olympic Transport: Learning from the Past

Moving around a host city during the Olympic Games period is a tortuous process. With the sudden influx of large numbers of visitors, any transport system that operates reasonably well under normal conditions is placed under tremendous strain during such events. It is no surprise then, that host cities include transport infrastructure upgrades in their bid proposals […]

A Not So Short Trip to Sydney

On Boxing Day, after a week of wondering whether any flights would leave and a couple of months allaying concerns regarding engines falling off, I boarded an A380 headed to Sydney. I’m pleased to say that the engines remained attached! I’d spent several years living in Sydney before returning to the UK four and a […]

Nottingham and the Workplace Parking Levy

I have a friend who is nothing less than incensed with Nottingham City Council. She lives in a large village just outside Nottingham and works for a government agency in their offices on the ring road. In two years she, and almost everyone else who works in the city and uses a private vehicle to […]