Palimpest. Cities as canvas

Previously posted on Cyclestuff.




  1. A manuscript or piece of writing material on which the original writing has been effaced to make room for later writing.
  2. Something reused or altered but still bearing visible traces of its earlier form.

Palimpest. My word of the moment. Harmonic to the ear and wholly appropriate to the city, I find myself reminded of it by the encouraging news that Dutch style roundabouts may soon be employed in London. Whilst we associate people-centric planning with the Netherlands, It wasn’t always this way. In the 1970’s, motivated by fuel shortages, road traffic accidents and population pressures, the Dutch passed through a steep learning curve that developed a more enlightened approach to transport management and the encouraging systems we see employed today. Their cities changed, adapted and evolved, yet maintained clear traces of their original form. A constantly reused canvas. A palimpest.

Hovering ring

As a cyclist, I would

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