“Cities that phase out cars will die,” says the commentator

In this week’s comments, readers discuss an opinion piece by Phineas Harper that makes the argument “Cities should not only build environmentally friendly means of transport, but actively dismantle the car infrastructure”.

Harper suggests instead of trying desperately to cut down street In order to avoid traffic jams in the short term, politicians should use traffic as a means of developing the city transport more sustainable.

Many readers agreed, but some used the comments to explore how cars could be integrated into cities rather than designing them.

“Private cars create more problems than they solve”

Becks commented: “Perhaps the discussion should be about integrating the car into public transport and not about private ownership.”

“The much-maligned car has tremendous value in that it’s the only mode that’s ready when you want to go, going from where you are to where you want to go – and it’s yours” , they denied peter samuel.

“Cities that phase out cars will die,” they continued. “People and economic activities will abandon such cities in favor of places that offer cars. Cars are not the bad guys.”

On the other side of the debate Gytis Bickus thought that private cars would be “a phase-out model”.

“They are inefficient, expensive and create more problems than they solve,” they said. “A bit like smoking was once okay until people realized it was just bad for your health and everyone around you.”

In your opinion, what does the future of the car look like? Join the discussion ›

Windows span the entire height and width of the Wuhan Library planned by MVRDV

“Form up function”

Dutch architecture office MVRDV has unveiled designs for a 140,000-square-meter library in Wuhan with a curved shape that is based on the topography of its surroundings.

while impressed Bob Patino worried about functionality. “It’s quite an impressive interior, but books near the huge glass facade will discolor,” he said. “The floor-to-ceiling shelves and their contents seem like mere ornament—form over function.”

JZhowever, was impressed purely by the shape. “Seems like an excellent choice of dramatic forms to make grand gestures,” they commented. “Baroque modernity.”

Other commentators discussed the friction between form and function. Lion said, “I like the shapes, but there’s far too much glass for my liking.”

Eugene Ely was more optimistic. “Public libraries today are no longer the hermetic spaces of the past,” they said. “People hardly ever read anyway, it has to be a center of energy and interest to lure people into the building at all. Whether he succeeds is another matter.”

Do you think form and function are balanced in these library plans? Join the discussion ›

Harley-Davidson Electric Motorcycle LiveWire
Harley-Davidson released its first electric motorcycle in 2018

“If you actually rode an electric motorcycle, you’d be grinning from ear to ear”

In an interview with Dezeen Harley-Davidson CEO Jochen Zeitz explained how the company is evolving into an all-electric brand in a process that will take decades.

The news sparked a debate in the comments section gene commented, “haters hate. Leaders lead the way and build a new future every day.”

Sean Marshall Palmer said, “Electric motorcycles strike me as anticlimactic, but as a Harley owner, I applaud their efforts to remain relevant and competitive.”

Jack Jones argued that even if “the electric thing shuts you down if you’ve actually been driving a Harley-Davidson LiveWire (an electric motorcycle)you’d be grinning from ear to ear.”

Eric Mallory commented, “Harley has finally realized that 85 percent of their clients are in nursing homes. Time to get fresh blood.”

Do you think all-electric models make sense for Harley-Davidson’s future? Join the discussion ›

Wabi Sabi house in Utah
This Utah home by Sparano + Mooney uses a blackened stained finish on its facade

“I could live there, no problem”

readers discuss The cedar clad house by Sparano + Mooneycantilevered over a canyon in Utah.

“Beautiful setting” said Apsco radials. “I could live there, no problem.” However, they were not convinced by the black color of the siding. “Why not white or leave it like that?”

Schott M thought the project was perfect. “I love the simplest thought in the design of this home,” they said.

but IDracula felt different, calling it “another uninhabitable, boring house by an architect for a boring client”.

Boring or beautiful, what do you think? Join the discussion ›

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