As an architect, it is very important that you think a good deal about how you get about. Transport is always a thorny subject - and even more so in this age of 'gasguzzlers', and the way that can look to prospective clients, employees and people next to you at the lights. Most would say: 'Avoid the car, full stop, ' to halt global warming and save fuel. But if you must get some wheels, think about the messages you send out. For a start, BMWs are out, unless you are top brass in a big commercial practice and mix with high-rollers at developers` firms. Mercs are a bit better, but sustainability-mongers will call you the devil. Audis are more architectonic, and even have the London Eye in their ads. But if your budget does not stretch that far, and you want the 'community-planner/big on public consultation' look, drop down a gear. Snap up a secondhand Beetle (architect/ surfer), or VW caravanette (architect/surfer with a dog).
But if you really want to score with the Greens, get a scooter (Vespa old-style please, not the pizza-delivery-boy favourites or the souped-up, day-glo, hairdrier numbers). Or, better still, a bike. For minimalists there are the freakishly light racers; for Modernists the shiny hybrids; and for everyone else the bogstandard mountain bike. Nip onto a train for long journeys, a Routemaster bus, please, for shorties, and walk everywhere else. Just do not use a microscooter. And do not even think about that pogo stick.