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Copenhagen's Three Key Design Cues the World Should Follow

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Copenhagen is repeatedly named as one of the most sustainable, livable, and happiest cities on the planet. Synonymous with beautiful architecture and a paragon of people-oriented urban design, professionals shaping Copenhagen are in high demand across the globe.

Architectural Digest (online), September 2018

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This Is Why Brutalist Architecture Is More Important Now Than Ever Before

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For decades brutalist architecture was a symbol of the underclass. Soulless, grey, crumbling concrete structures were something to escape from. Today, however, brutalism is back in style. In an age where gentrification is a dirty word, these hulking masses represent an extraordinary period of incredible optimism and determination to use architecture to transform society.

Architectural Digest (online), December 2017

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What Sydney can learn from London's approach to Brutalist architecture

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Unlike 18th-century houses, their importance is about historic interest, rather than an aesthetic interest. Sirius, just like Trellick, Balfron and the Barbican in London, illustrates important aspects of the nation's social and cultural history.

Sydney Morning Herald (print and online), November 2017

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Toronto from above: Views from the CN Tower

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After an initial building boom in the late 19th century, the ‘60s and ‘70s saw Toronto undergo its second major urban transformation. As the city refocused itself from manufacturing industries to the services economy, it began tower upwards, rather than just outwards.

Maptia (online), November 2017

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Rant: Sydney's addiction

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The New South Wales Government is desperate. It ignores ongoing advice from friends, family and experts to seek alternatives. It fights all obstacles in its path for more. It cares only for the short-lived gratification, euphoria and high, to the detriment of healthy decades ahead. I guess when life feels is so good right now, why would it care?

Ciao Magazine (print and online), May 2017

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What would Erno Goldfinger think of Balfron Tower today?

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Designed by Hungarian-born architect Erno Goldfinger in 1963, Balfron Tower has become a global icon of brutalist architecture. As the last social tenant is forced-out of one of the world’s most famous brutalist buildings, I wonder what Erno Goldfinger thinks of his building, and architecture, today?

Maptia ( online), December 2016

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Camden Lock Market: early engagement and the creation of new ideas

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One of London’s most iconic neighbourhoods, Camden Town, attracts millions of visitors each year. Home to public figures such as the late Amy Winehouse, the neighbourhood is synonymous with alternative music and grungy nightlife.

Place Magazine (print and online), December 2016

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The rise of the rooftop

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Two friends lean on a railing as they chat and look across at London’s patchy skyline. Music pounds from speakers above and beers flow from the bar behind. Atop this grey multi-storey car park in the south of the River Thames, ‘Frank’s’ has become one of the city’s most popular weekend drinking spots.

Smart Cities DIVE (online), September 2016

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In a time of uncertainty mayors can fix our environment

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While the current political climate doesn’t appear too good for our environment, politicians at the local level can help. But they need all the support they can get. 

Smart Cities DIVE (online), November 2016

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The revolution of the wheel

(Words and photographs)

As cities across the globe wean themselves off their addiction to cars, bicycles have become a pretty attractive alternative. Today, just like the revolution of a wheel, are we  — perhaps — returning now to where it all began?

MAPTIA (online), March 2016

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Imitate to Innovate: Vitoria-Gasteiz shows how cities can address 21st century challenges

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The Spanish city of Vitoria-Gasteiz has recently transformed itself from a congested and car-dominated city into one of the most pedestrian and bicycle-friendly places in Europe. It didn’t achieve this by going at it alone. Its key to success was learning from others.

This Big City (online), July 2015

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Australia's political dark age: the spark for action

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The outcome of Australia’s recent federal election isn’t just disappointing. As an Australian, I think it’s shameful. Newly elected Prime Minister Tony Abbott is a well-known climate change sceptic with seemingly no regard for science. Under his guidance, it seems that Australia is headed straight back to the Dark Ages.

Forum for the Future (online), October 2013

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Mikael Colville-Andersen: the modern day Jane Jacobs

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Jane Jacobs reminded us of the city's most important element and inspired a generation of urbanists. Through a single photograph, Colville-Andersen has sparked a new movement that is helping to solve the greatest urban challenge of our time. 

The Urban Times (online/now defunct), August 2013

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Are our greatest cities losing their greatest assets?

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Around the world, city authorities are redeveloping unstructured creative spaces into more lucrative commercial or residential zones - but the desire to generate more income comes at a cultural cost. 

The Urban Times (online/now defunct), June, 2013

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Philanthropy is not the solution: bright ideas light up Africa

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On a recent trip to Africa, correspondent Tom Oliver Payne discovered new business ideas lighting up the communities across the continent. 

The Urban Times (online/now defunct), June, 2013

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How cycling in London could be more like Copenhagen

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I researched the histories of both cities, making links between past events and contemporary transport planning culture.

Future Cape Town (online), December 2013

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Bicycle revolution or urban fad?

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Cities across the world are seeing a dramatic increase in cycling. is this a short lived fad - or are we witnessing the start of a revolution in urban transport?

The Urban Times (online/now defunct), March 2013

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