Below is a selection of my newspaper and magazine articles on topics related to my specialist areas – the built environment, climate change adaptation and urban design.
BBC Future: What happens when a city bans cars from its streets?
In this article I explored how several cities around the world are trying to design cars out of the urban sphere.
BBC Travel: Hydra: The Greek island that banned wheels
I visited the Greek island of Hydra, to learn how people live in a place where wheeled vehicles are banned.
BBC Future: The rise of the urban cable car
Cable cars are increasingly being used as a form of cheap but effective urban transport in cities around the world.
E&T: The future of car parking
Cars take up a huge amount of space in our cities. In this article, I investigated new ways of storing them.
E&T: Is it the end of the road for asphalt and concrete?
Most roads today are built from unsustainable materials. In this piece I explored new materials and techniques.
E&T: What happens to traditional cars when EVs rule the road?
There are millions of ICE cars that will soon be replaced by EVs. I found out what might happen to all those vehicles.
E&T: Climate change and landslides: the slippery slope towards disaster?
Climate change makes landslides more likely in our cities. I explored the causes and how we can adapt.
Londonist: Who Actually Uses London’s Outdoor Gyms?
Free outdoor gyms are an increasingly common feature of urban parks. I reported on their design and the people who use them.
CityMonitor: Ciclovia – the weekly sporting event shutting roads across Colombia
Ciclovia is a weekly event in Colombian cities where roads are closed for people to exercise.
E&T: Designing cities for the aged
Cities are often challenging places to live as an older person. In this article I looked at how they can be made friendlier for elderly people.
Cycling Plus: A better path?
British cycle lanes are starting to improve, but there’s a long way to go. In this article I explored how they’re designed.
Independent: Should we really be living communally?
Modern city dwellers often live alone or with one other person. I looked into alternative, communal setups.
E&T: Net zero buildings – the future of construction?
I reported on how various companies are building ‘net zero’ buildings.
E&T: Can England’s new ‘biodiversity net gain’ law reverse declines in nature?
England is introducing laws that force developers to increase biodiversity. I found out how it would work.
E&T: Supply and demand: the water pressure on cities worldwide
As the climate changes, cities are facing greater water stress than ever. I investigated solutions from Cape Town to California.
I’ve had dozens of other articles published on an eclectic range of topics, for a wide range of publications:
Jewish News: Shabbat solo in Kochi
The Connexion: More French than the French… in India
Biodiversity, climate change and planetary health
The European: The renewables transition: do we have the energy?
The European: Sensing a threat
Dolfin: A ship-shape investment
Engineering, construction and industry
The European: Automatically sorted – robots in waste management
Professional Engineering: Taking out the trash – how engineers could tackle the landfill problem
Dolfin: 5G – a race to nowhere?