Category Archives: urbanism

a very particular way of running a city

The media landscape catering to (trail, mountain and ultra)running afficionados has changed quite dramatically since I entered it in the late 90s. The number, diversity and availability of running docs, currently a veritable tsunami of new additions accessible through youtube or vimeo, is one of the more noticeable. Continue reading

Singapore’s urban planning vision, some more of the good, the not so good and the bad

Singapore’s reluctance to really say goodbye to a car-centric planning vision is lamentable, but there is more to its vision than just that. Some of it appeals to me tremedously, some bothers me, some seems really counterproductive. Continue reading

why run a landscape? 

If you’re really interested in a particular environment, be it a spectacular mountainscape, a beautiful forest, a heritage-rich inner city, you name it, enjoy being part of it, want to connect with it to the max, why would you want to run it? Seems a  pretty fundamental question to my ‘project’ of promoting running as a way to explore landscapes/cityscapes.

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the importance of unimpeded forward movement

It is quite amazing to see what difference connecting interesting bits of townscape to each other makes to their use. Shanghai made me very aware of that. During my four years in this metropolis the city added dozens of kilometers to its landscaped, fully  pedestrianized and connected by one unimpeded cyclepath Huangpu riverfront. When I arrivedelement and started exploring the city on the run I was amazed by what felt like a curious underuse of the various bits of pedestrianized riverfront other than its major tourist attraction, the Bund. How come that all these obvious and easily accessible escapes from the surrounding hectic urban mayhem did not attract more people? Continue reading