Showing posts with the label urban habitat

Reading journal: Copenhagenize by Mikael Colville-Andersen

Genre: Non-fiction Published: 2018 Date read: June 2018 Fascinating look at how to make urban cycling work. The book is sub-titled ‘The Definitive Guide to Global Bicycle Urbanism’, quite a mouthful, but it’s a fair summary of what the book’s about. The author lives in Copenhagen, and works as a consultant for other cities that aspire to the same level of urban amenity. Each cycling-related design problem has two sides — human behaviour and urban engineering. The key first step is getting past the idea that, whatever you do, cars must have the greatest priority and everything else must be fitted in around them. As the author points out, until the 1920s that wasn’t the case at all. Car priority is not set in stone. We’ve made horrible places out of cities that could be pleasant and safe. Very interesting book that also points out mistakes that are made with cycling infrastructure. Canberra, my former home, has made every single one of these mistakes, and hasn’t to my knowled

Skink wall

Skinks seem to thrive in urban habitats. In Canberra we had some in a rocky grassy north-facing courtyard. Here in Cootamundra we have an entire family, possibly a nation, living on our north facing wall. A bit nerve-wracking when they come inside and you see just a flickering movement out of the corner of your eye ... The brickwork is very rough, lots of places to hide, lots of spiders and other things to eat. And of course, the drainpipe panic rooms (patent pending) make a wonderful refuge when big scary people with cameras appear. Rough brickwork North facing skink wall, warm all year