Contributor: Jeremy Gill

Jeremy Gill is an urban planner at SGS Economics and Planning, lecturer in Landscape Architecture at the University of New South Wales and founder of (an urban essays website). He observes cities to understand what makes them tick and has been talking about starting a PhD for longer than it takes to write one.

Narrative cities

The speed at which we travel determines how much we can absorb. When travelling by car, buildings loom in and out of focus. Walk along a city street however, and the finer-grain detail is observed: cracks in the footpath, billboard slogans, urban animal life. Urban planner Jeremy Gill takes us on a journey at the speed at which the minutiae of the city is best observed – walking pace.