Does the NZTA scheme measure up?

We’ve already begun discussing issues relevant to the Basin, particularly through blog posts … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 14th July 2011
Under: Basin Reserve issues | 3 Comments »

Are the days of the hung door numbered?

The post about cycling road marks got me thinking – especially the dooring-prevention margin of one of the cycle lanes. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 8th April 2011
Under: Comment | 3 Comments »

Wind and Hills: Have Traffic Engineers Noticed?

There’s a lot of information on the design of cycle lanes about – basic principles that most roads in Wellington contravine.  Examples include that they should be continuous, 1.5m wide, conspicuous at road crossing and not abandoned when roads get narrow.  I’ve borrowed these words from Cycling England, but other guidelines exist, such as the Nottinghamshire Cycling Design Guide – here’s the link to Chapter 4 on cycle lanes.  There’s even a what-not-to-do site from Croydon on Crap Cycle Lanes (Sadly our NZTA (Waka Kotahi) seems to be extremely poor at providing such resources). Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 26th March 2010
Under: Comment | 9 Comments »

Fashion offensives

Architecture has historically had a difficult relationship with fashion, and, despite the challenges of the Urbis generation, it continues to perpetrate an image of consistent fundamentals, along with its younger siblings: Urban Design and Town Planning. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 11th November 2009
Under: RANTING, urban design | 9 Comments »

Is Nutrition the Answer to Everything?

Food: Design and Culture ed. Claire Catterall p. 71.
Riding my bike into work this morning, the regular squeeze between car and kerb was suggesting immaterialisation would be my only option. Bloody SUVs. Why do they make cars so wide these days? Easy you say – because we are wider. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 22nd February 2009
Under: 20u40, 20under40, RANTING | 7 Comments »