Image SkyCycle © Foster+partners

How Can Bicycle Architecture Improve our Cities?


BYCS organised the world’s first international Bicycle Architecture Biennale (BAB) in 2017 – an exhibition of striking and progressive bicycle architecture. This exhibition will be partially rebuilt for WeMakeThe.City.

The event celebrated the cutting edge and high profile building designs that are facilitating bicycle travel, storage and safety around the world. The biennale aimed to reflect how cycling can improve urban living by contributing to a healthier lifestyle and a cleaner environment. And how design solutions can not only meet transit needs, but also inspire and facilitate greater cycling uptake.

As the built environment grows with this mode of bicyle planning, the desires of cyclists are starting to shape the design of new buildings.

International designers
The biennale showed the work of international designers, from all corners of the globe. Amongst the selected designs were: The West Village Basis Yard apartment complex in Chengdu by Jiakun Architects, where cyclists can ride from their tenth-floor apartments all the way down to the ground floor. SkyCycle, a controversial and largely misunderstood proposal from ‘Foster + Partners’ to build new buildings for cyclists in the airspace above London’s train lines, and Chongming Bicycle Park: a double helical design for a bicycle museum by JDS Architects.