Allison Arieff

Chronicle Books

Perfect Timing: A New Illustrated Guide to the Real San Francisco

Wendy MacNaughton cuts through the noise with Meanwhile in San Francisco: The City in its Own Words.

Shutterstock

What Jane Jacobs Got Wrong About Urban Economies

In his new book, author Alex Marshall documents how the free market wouldn't exist without government.

Ohm Sport

In Defense of the Electric Bicycle, from the Bottom of a Steep Hill in San Francisco

I don't care what you purists think, these e-bikes are a godsend to hilly cities everywhere.

Chris Mottalini

Paul Rudolph and the Challenge of Preserving Modern Architecture

A photographer sets out to capture as many of the architect's remaining buildings as he can, before they're gone.

A Fantasy Transit Map for San Francisco

A chat with the cartographer who dreamed up this latest entry into the aspirational transit future genre.

Richard H. Driehaus Museum

Should Cities of the Future Look More to the Past?

A conversation with philanthropist Richard H. Driehaus about the importance of traditional architecture.

HubSOMA (Courtesy 5M)

Collaborative Workspaces: Not All They're Cracked Up to Be

It's high time for some backlash against open office designs

Courtesy Olson Kundig

A Record Store Where Nothing Is For Sale

A new installation in Seattle encourages users to rethink how they consume music

Ice Cube as Urbanist

The rapper's take on Los Angeles' architecture would make critics proud

Swedish Group Offers Insurance for Public Transit Scofflaws

A one-month subway pass in Stockholm: $115. A month of turnstile-hopping insurance? $15

Snøhetta

A Bold Expansion for SFMOMA

Snøhetta's design will at last give San Francisco the museum it deserves

New York City DOT

Curbside Haikus

New York unveils creative signs aimed at pedestrian safety

Designing for Good

An art school in California pushes students to collaborate on art and service-learning projects

eldo

An Architecture Firm That Likes Its Urbanism 'Messy'

Kansas City's eldo has managed to merge modern design and 'hyper functionality' in its latest set of projects

Laura McPhee

The Multiple Personalities of New York's Gateway National Recreation Area

Photographer Laura McPhee captures the essence of one of the country's most-visited, and most imperiled, national parks

Courtesy OpenIDEO

Can a Single Good Idea Save Detroit?

Innovation platform OpenIDEO is searching for ideas to revitalize cities

Andre Langenus

Crazy for Containers

Shipping container designs have become so ubiquitous they've merited their own exhibition

Nest

Engineering the iPod of Thermostats

Former Apple designers tackle one of the most frustrating household gadgets of all

Brian Rose

Designing for Density Doesn't Have to Be Ugly, or Scary

San Francisco-based architect David Baker finds beauty in buildings that house lots of people