All posts by Brett Petzer

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I'm a tomorrow-city planner, urban journalist and French-English translator, who is damn keen to hear from you at brettpetzer.com

Young Urbanists Film Night: Apartheid propaganda planning fims

On 15 April, Young Urbanists sat rapt in a beautiful setting (the Lower Cable Car Station) and watched four films that probably cannot be found anywhere online. Their cumulative impact was nearly winding. Two were propaganda reels for High Apartheid, presented in lurid Technicolor to the bombastic strains of a full orchestra.

Training

Metrorail has been offering classes in Buddhist philosophy (specifically, detachment from earthly desires) pretty much since it opened – They’re compulsory, and they start every time you step on board.

Two Wheels Good, Four Wheels Bad?

Riding a bike is a strange thing to do: it’s not just a mode of transport; it’s an economic class you’re entering. And it is an initiation into being treated like you’re invisible, and like your rights are optional – when you’re not being physically threatened

Solutions from Copenhagen: Interview with the Mayor

Governing the rich world’s greenest capital city is Frank Jensen’s day job. In our moment with the man who has overseen a sustained rise in bike modal share in Copenhagen, we asked a question that goes beyond the better-known metrics: how does Denmark build the consensus that is required to think and plan long-term, and to make collective sacrifices for the collective good?