The London development without a poor door



Because providing affordable housing is too expensive. A computer-generated image of One the Elephant. Image: Lend Lease Apartment blocks which use “poor doors” to segregate tenants based on their wealth have been hitting the headlines recently on both sides of the Atlantic. But for the developers of one London block of flats, the prospect of letting affordable renters in –…

New York apartment blocks are using “poor doors”



One nation, indivisible.  Not the poor door. Photo: Extell The website for One Riverside Park, a new high-rise in Manhattan’s Upper West Side, calls it “New York’s most distinguished new address, introducing a new level of luxury to waterfront living”. It’s very pretty. Look. Unfortunately for its developers Extell, the new building is hitting headlines not for its charming river…

Should mapping apps take us the scenic route?



Walk this way.  Happy pedestrians on the Millennium Bridge. Photo: Kunstlerbob at Wikimedia Commons Walking in cities can be a grim experience. Pavements along what are, essentially, motorways; grey concrete buildings looming over ominous back alleys – it’s fair to say many of us would sacrifice another five minutes to take a more aesthetically appealing route. Yet mapping apps –…

Do big cities make you more social?



Who you gonna call? Lisbon: queen bee of Portugal. Credit: Lucag at Wikimedia Commons Good news for the city mice out there – new research is claiming that people who live in bigger cities have larger social networks. The study, carried out by researchers from MIT and the Santa Fe Institute, examined anonymised call information from the UK and Portugal…

The world’s tallest residential building will be 1 foot shorter than One World Trade Center



Because otherwise the terrorists win. One World Trade Center. Credit: Siriusly at Wikimedia Commons Leaked plans for New York’s latest skyscraper, the Nordstrom Tower, offer a sneak peek into its intentions to set a few new records. It’ll have the tallest roof in the US, taking that title from Chicago’s Willis Tower. It’ll also be the tallest residential building in…

China’s Google plots bikes with no riders. What could possibly go wrong?



Look, mum, no hands! They probably won’t look much like this. Credit: Moebiusuibeom-en at Wikimedia Commons You thought Google’s self-driving cars sounded dangerous? Well, imagine the same thing, but with bikes. Bikes that drive themselves around. Bikes that drive themselves around with no one riding them.   Now imagine them cruising along the traffic-choked streets of Shanghai and Beijing, and…

Is the Glasgow cycle hire scheme really more popular than London’s already?



Scottish upstarts.  Battle of the bikes. Image credits L-R: Nextcycle; ZanMan at Wikimedia commons It’s been a rough year for the relationship between England and Scotland. One’s thinking about dumping the other after hundreds of years of marriage, and propaganda (sometimes Lego-strewn) is rife on both sides. So we’re sorry to say that yet another dispute has emerged between the…

A traffic survey has claimed South Nottinghamshire is more congested than New York



It’s probably wrong.  Gridlock in Basford, Nottinghamshire. Credit: Alan Murray-Rust, published under creative commons Until now, Nottinghamshire’s greatest claim to fame was Robin Hood. This week, however, the East Midlands county swept to world renown, when a large chunk of it was revealed to be the twelfth most congested area in Europe or North America. The survey, conducted by INRIX,…