Feargus O'Sullivan

Feargus O'Sullivan

Feargus O'Sullivan is a contributing writer to CityLab, covering Europe. His writing focuses on housing, gentrification and social change, infrastructure, urban policy, and national cultures. He has previously contributed to The Guardian, The Times, The Financial Times, and Next City, among other publications.

A man in an Icelandic-flag shirt cheers and raises his arms at a soccer match.

The Planning Lesson in Iceland’s World Cup Miracle

“It’s about making long-term commitments,” said an architect in Reykjavik’s planning department.

Paris Campaigns to Protect the ‘Intangible’ Cultural Value of Its Bistros

The city wants UNESCO to list the cafe-restaurant hybrids as world heritage sites. Can that save them from decline?

A photo illustration shows the Uber app on a mobile telephone, as it is held up in front of London's Parliament building.

In London, Uber Faces Its Day of Reckoning

As an appeal against the removal of its license looms, Uber’s recent charm offensive risks backfiring.

Barcelona Finds a Way to Control Its Airbnb Market

The city’s latest move to limit vacation rentals could come in handy for other cities trying out their own regulations.

Fog is seen clearing around the Shard skyscraper in Londo.n.

The Hidden Forces That Shape Cities

It’s not always big leaders with big plans.

Dubliners celebrate the result of the referendum on liberalizing abortion law in Ireland.

What the Irish Referendum Really Means

The landslide vote to repeal the constitutional amendment that effectively bans abortion in Ireland highlights the major changes going on in that country.

Are ‘Pee Beds’ a Fix for Public Urination?

In an effort to clean up popular sites of outdoor urination, researchers studied the mind of the man who pees in public. Their work could make stadiums and festival grounds smell a lot fresher in the future.

Madrid Takes Its Car Ban to the Next Level

Starting in November, the city will make clear that downtown streets are not for drivers.

The 17 architects and designers in the first cohort of Public Practice have been charged with boosting the influence of good planning on London.

London’s Big Push for Better Design

The city's Public Practice program is embedding experienced architects and planners around the area in an effort to speed housing construction and get more inclusive public spaces.

This Estonian Town Just Made the Cannabis Leaf its New Logo

Kanepi, Estonia’s new symbol is pretty dope.

A bus stop in the Estonian town of Värska

Estonia Will Roll Out Free Public Transit Nationwide

Meet the new world leader in fare-free living.

A train arrives at Paris' Arts et Metiers metro Station.

Paris Gets Serious About Free Transit

The city is launching a study to explore the possibility of going fully fare-free.  

A Loving Glimpse of an Aging Concrete Utopia

A new documentary charts the recent history of Basildon, one of Britain’s first post-war new towns.

Britain Wants to Protect Its Postmodernist Architecture

Following an announcement by Historic England, 17 buildings, the youngest of which was designed in 1991, will be preserved. It’s not hard to see why the newly listed buildings caught conservationists’ eyes.

The Great Parisian Bikeshare Meltdown

Glitches and worker strikes have brought the world’s first modern bikeshare program to its knees.  

The London Eye is pictured.

Why Do Londoners Identify With Their City More Than Their Country?

Residents report a preference to be considered a Londoner over British, English, or European.

Houses along the river in Castres, France.

France Plans an Extreme Makeover for Struggling Small Cities

Action Coeur de Ville aims to undo the damage of urban sprawl in more than 200 city centers across the country.

People pass through turnstiles in Venice, Italy.

Venice Erects Gates Against a Flood of Tourists

Don’t have a local transit pass? Then you’re not coming through.

Kai Kubierske from Bonn, Germany, smiles as he emerges from an ice-filled pond in Finland.

Gird Yourself for the Latest Infuriating Nordic Life Hack

It’s called sisu, and it’s Finnish for fortitude. But it probably won’t work on you.

London's Latest Exhibit: Horrendous Pollution

An exhibit invites the public to experience the air from five cities around the world.

Dutch Cities Don't Love Weed

The Hague’s new ban on the public consumption is the latest signal of the country’s waning tolerance. It could also be a step toward a happier medium.