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Rocket Dreams

‘Rocket Dreams: How the Space Age Shaped Our Vision of a World Beyond’  by Marina Benjamin; Simon & Schuster, 2003. 242pp

Reviewed by Martin Earnshaw | 27 June 2003 

What became of our dreams of the aspirations that fuelled the ‘space age’ of the 50’s and 60’s? In this fascinating study Marina Benjamin takes on this problem in a fresh and innovative way. Read more…

Where’s my Space Age?

‘Where’s my Space Age?’ by Sean Topham; Prestel, 2003, pp160

Review by Austin Williams | 31 July 2003

This fascinating book, written by Seam Topham (who’s recent book ‘Blow Up’ was reviewed in the Architects’ Journal), asks ‘whatever happened to the space age?’ Constructed in three parts, with a two-page conclusion at the end, the book examines the historical moment of space exploration in its own terms; Read more…

The future of mobility

Three debates organised by the Transport Research Group at the Bloomberg Auditorium, London

Reviewed by Dave Clements | June 2003

In this series of three debates we were asked to consider – are more cars a problem, do we need more infrastructure, and does mobility matter anyway?  Read more…

Scared out of the sky

Peter Smith | 7 March 2003

Statistics that tell us we are 155 times more likely to die in a car crash than on an aeroplane have consistently failed to reassure a sizeable minority who are frightened of air travel (1).  Read more…

The Smoke clears

Austin Williams | 19 December 2002

In a recent Greater London Authority (GLA) publication, Ken Livingstone remembers the London fog of 1952. ‘Its main impact’, he says, ‘was that we didn’t have to go to school for a few days’ (1).  Read more…

Areas of grave concern

Austin Williams | 23 Nov 2002

Why are children in poor neighbourhoods more at risk of traffic accidents?  In an article that originally appeared in the Daily Telegraph, Austin Williams investigates. Read more…