The 10 Most Popular Blog Posts on Architecture + Sustainability of 2011
What a year this has been for This Big City! 2011′s 30th most popular post got more hits than 2010′s most popular post, so we’re going to run through the year’s 30 most popular articles, starting here with 30-21. Check back later today for 20-11 and the top ten.
Is it even possible to introduce a new building to a city without some kind of controversy following? In this post I looked at five controversial buildings from across the globe, including one described as ‘a dying bird’ by unimpressed locals. Check them all out here.
In this post, Catherine de Lange looks at Philadelphia’s $2 billion, 25-year project which aims to not only reduce water pollution but transform much of the city’s infrastructure in the process. Read the article here.
Want to know which awesome buildings are nearby? There’s an app for that. Check out my review for Open Buildings on the iPhone.
In this, one of my most controversial posts of the year, I take a look at 25 Ridgmount Street, a building which represents everything that is wrong with British architecture. Check out the comments – I appear to be alone in my hatred for this building.
The way we get around cities has barely changed in half a century. In this article, Theodore Brown presents his vision for a new approach to public transport, one that is inspired by Groupon. Read the article here.
Taking a cycle ride along London’s bizzarely short new ‘superhighway’, I come to the sad conclusion that ‘it really is three miles of blue paint and very little else’. Check out my photo essay here.
With so many buildings sitting empty in cities, there is incredible potential for creative reuse of space. Enter Specs Gallery – a community interest company in London who turned an office building into an exhibition space. Read my interview with Specs here.
Before the superhighways and cycle hire scheme, London invested in the ‘London Cycle Network’ – a seemingly comprehensive web of bike lanes across the city. But it failed to turn London into a cycling city. Read my article here.
San Francisco has had a lot more obstructions than just its hilly terrain. Yet despite being legally unable to develop it’s bicycle network for 4 years, levels of cycling in the city have skyrocketed. Read my article here.
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