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.

What Small, Diverse Music Venues Mean to New York City

They play an important role in building community, and nightlife advocates say that needs to be taken more seriously by officials.

Adults and children explore an urban play-garden.

A City That Takes Climate Change Seriously: Paris

The French capital, under Mayor Anne Hidalgo, could be a model for how cities can mitigate and plan for climate change. But change has not come easily.

Why Does London Have So Much Empty Space?

Vacant properties add up to more than eight times the size of Central Park. The city could do more to encourage short-term uses of these spaces.

Amsterdam Plans a Distinctly American High-Rise Island

A new tower development in the city’s harbor has a clear inspiration from U.S. and Canadian cities. But is it right for low-rise Amsterdam?

An iceberg-like museum building on a city waterfront.

Scotland Tries for the Bilbao Effect at the New V&A Dundee

A sparkling new museum on the waterfront opens with high hopes of putting an underexposed city on the map. Will it succeed?

British People Feel Locked Out of London

Britons who live outside the capital consider it too expensive and crowded for them to live there, a new report finds.

Mapping Skopje’s Modernism

An earthquake hit the city in July 1963, killing over 1,000 people and leaving 200,000 homeless. The inventive, vernacular-influenced designs behind the rebuild are worth celebrating.

Dublin’s Housing Crisis Reaches a Boiling Point

When activists occupied a long-vacant building, the police response seemed to confirm suspicion that the state is siding with landlords.

France’s High-Speed Rail Expansion Takes a New Direction

A major new investment makes clear: It’s not all about Paris anymore.

Florence Is Fed Up With Tourists Eating in Public

The Italian city is imposing a €500 fine for eating in some popular, crowded areas.

A Second Life for Berlin’s Plattenbau

The city is looking to the ubiquitous building type from its Communist past to help solve a housing crunch.

A journalist demonstrates the proper use of a "uritrottoir" on the Ile Saint-Louis along the Seine.

Not Everyone Is a Fan of the Male-Only Urinals of Paris

Protesters have vandalized several of the city’s new range of eco-urinals for giving men priority over women.

Discovering That Strangers Aren’t All That Strange

Taking a class with a diverse group of Londoners helped me see the city and my neighbors in an altogether different light.

An Early Glimpse of London's Eternally Somber Euston Station

As seen in this 1968 newsreel, not even Elizabeth II’s odd, feathered hat could enliven the modern transit hub at its grand opening.

Building London’s Town of the Future

A 1970 film celebrates the construction of Thamesmead, the largest housing project development in the city’s history.

Here Comes Amsterdam’s Man-Made Island for Sustainable, Affordable Housing

Centrumeiland will soon hold hundreds of affordable homes with the lightest of possible carbon footprints.

How To Ruin a Historic Town, According to 1970s British News

A clip charting the redevelopment of the city of Aylesbury shows its age.

Animals Feel the Strain of Europe’s Heatwave

They’re getting shoes, taking shelter in tunnels, and finding other ways to keep cool in the dangerous heat.

The Bridge Cafe in Shoreditch, London, is pictured.

What’s a ‘Night Czar’ To Do?

Last year, London appointed a chief advocate for a 24-hour city. Now a major nightlife hub plans to impose a curfew, and opponents want to know why she won’t do more to stop it.