Ruth Slavid talks architecture

Off your bike

Posted in housing by ruthslavid on April 15, 2010

When I saw Johnny Manns of Urbanest yesterday, he talked about the problems of cycle storage. Sadly little of this is as elegant as Ai Wei Wei’s art work, shown here:

Urbanest is a developer of student housing in London. Along with many other building providers, it is increasingly asked to provide cycle storage for one bike per user. Yet, says Manns, most of this expensive space stands empty. After all, his buildings are deliberately placed close to public transport. His solution, on his first building near Old Street, designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios? Give every student the chance to lease a folding bike, and cut down on storage.