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 photo of Extinction Rebellion climate change protesters in London

When Climate Activists Target Public Transit

The climate protest movement Extinction Rebellion is facing a backlash after disrupting commuters on the London Underground.

Charles Jencks and the Architecture of Compassion

The celebrated architectural theorist, who died this week, left a down-to-earth legacy: thoughtfully designed buildings and landscapes for people with cancer.

a photo of police clashing with demonstrators outside El Prat airport in Barcelona, Spain, on Monday, October 14, 2019.

What’s Behind the Barcelona Protests?

The sentencing of Catalan independence movement leaders triggered a day of demonstrations in the capital of Catalonia—and more unrest may be coming.

Small brick townhouses surround a small courtyard.

A 'Modest Masterpiece' of Public Housing Wins Top Design Prize

Goldsmith Street, a publicly funded development of 105 homes in the U.K. city of Norwich, is a “modest masterpiece,” has won the RIBA Stirling Prize.

a photo of bikes on a bridge in Amsterdam

Street by Street, Amsterdam Is Cutting Cars Out of the Picture

Armed with a street-design tool called the knip, the Dutch capital is slashing car access in the city center, and expanding public transit hours.

a map of Scotland

Mapping Scotland’s Grim History of Witch-Hunting

A new interactive map project from Edinburgh University charts the bloody wave of persecution directed at women accused of witchcraft in Scotland.

How to Make London Stay Up Late

The U.K. capital has been struggling to boost the vitality of its nightlife. One new plan: Encourage entrepreneurs to open more late-closing businesses.

Brussels's Undercover Quest for Fairer Housing

Officials hope to catch and fine real estate agents who discriminate on the basis of race, physical ability, sexuality, or other factors.

Germany Makes a National Commitment to Rescue Its Forests

“Every missing tree is a missing comrade-in-arms against climate change,” agriculture minister Julia Klöckner says.

How Paris Hopes to Build an E-Bike Boom

The French capital region just launched a bikeshare program for electric bicycles, and now it wants to help people buy e-bikes of their own.

Why Thomas Cook Faltered As Urban Tourism Boomed

With cheap flights and Airbnb at their fingertips, British travelers have branched out from the package beach vacations that were Thomas Cook’s specialty.

Dublin Is Changing, and Locals Hate It

The recent loss of popular murals and local pubs is fueling a deeper angst over mass tourism, redevelopment and urban transformation in the Irish capital.

Choked by Air Pollution, Krakow Bans Coal From Homes

In a city where coal and wood are commonly used to heat homes, forcing change is a meaningful step to help clear the air—but more challenges remain.

Dutch Cities Try a ‘Weed Test’ to Fix a Quirk of Legal Cannabis

Criminal gangs have prospered from the Netherlands’ ban against growing marijuana. Can city-approved cannabis freeze them out of a legalized trade?

a photo of the Gare Du Nord as it will look from Rue de Saint-Quentin after redevelopment.

Why a Train Station Addition Has Parisians Outraged

The plan for a shopping-mall-like extension to the city’s 19th-century Gare du Nord is "inacceptable," a group of 19 architects say.

a photo of the Eiffel Tower with the words "Made for Sharing" projected on it

How France Tries to Keep English Out of Public Life

France has a long history of using official institutions to protect the French language from outside influence. Still, English keeps working its way in.

In Paris’s Suburbs, a Bike Trail Plan Carries a Big Promise

Cycling advocates have proposed a network of bicycle paths connecting the suburbs and city center, comparing their plan to the region’s rapid transit system.

People cross in the crosswalk at Abbey Road.

On Abbey Road, the Beatles Made a Crosswalk Famous—and Unruly

Fifty years ago, the Beatles crossed Abbey Road. The iconic album cover created the world’s most famous crosswalk, and a traffic nuisance that endures today.

Berlin's Friedrichstrasse will test a car ban starting in October 2019.

Why Berlin’s Approach to Car Bans Is a Little Different

The German capital will experiment with banning cars on two popular retail streets—but it’s being notably more cautious than its European counterparts.

A Modest Proposal to Make Air Travel Obsolete

To reduce emissions from air travel, Germany’s Green Party wants to eliminate the need for domestic flights by making big investments in trains.

a photo of a pedestrian near Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

The ‘Toxic Fallout’ From the Notre-Dame Disaster: Lead Contamination

A French environmental group is suing the city over widespread lead dust contamination released in the historic cathedral fire on April 15.