Cycling in Sydney Australia
Work recently took me to Bangladesh, for the fourth time. Having just about criss-crossed the country on previous trips, this time I was based entirely in Dhaka.The city has a frantic, frenetic and…Continue
It seems that the 2011 earthquake may have been Christchurch's 'Kindermord' moment: the point when a city has the opportunity to do urban design differently, to de-prioritise cars, and they've taken…Continue
For ago now I've been meaning to say something in this forum about a couple of little cycling adventures I had in Europe during the most recent northern summer. As I will shortly feel guilty about having to add 'last year' to any description of these events, today seems as good a time as any to rectify my failure to thus far post anything. :-)
So in late August, travelling from Istanbul to Prague, I found myself in Belgrade for a few days. It was a city I had heard a good deal about…Continue
As often happens in the lazy hours over Christmas and New Year when you spend time with family, there's ample opportunity for reminiscence and discussion of family history. On my mother's side, we know a great deal of this going back many generations; my uncle is retired and an amateur history buff. On my late father's side, we know very little at all, even only a generation or two back.
My mother casually mentioned this latter fact to my uncle during the break and he chose to…Continue
A Sydney Ideas panel co-presented with the US Studies Centre and the Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering
City building and rebuilding has challenged many great minds in the last century. Our cities are ageing and many of the industries supporting them are shrinking or moving offshore. Tom Murphy served three terms as the mayor of 'the steel city' Pittsburgh USA, from January 1994 through December 2005, tackling the problems of rebuilding a dying city that had lost its…Continue
The University of Sydney is currently running a mildly naff marketing campaign called 'What Matters' - basically it's an excuse to promote the work of a couple of random academics each month and have people vote on which of their particular areas of interest 'matter most' (?!?!).
Anyway... one positive to come out of this in June is that David Hensher, Director of the University’s Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies, is one of the featured researchers. You can look at a brief…Continue