Anthony Flint

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What NASA Can Teach Urban Planners

“As we go and work there, we’re going to live there.”

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Making the Case for Symmetrical Cities

The architect Ann Sussman argues urban design should pay more attention to cognitive science.

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America’s Great Infrastructure Stagnation

The entire system of fixing old roads and rails and financing new ones is breaking down—just ask Boston.

Anthony Flint

Is Urban Planning Having an Identity Crisis?

Some planners are calling for a shift away from rigid, conventional approaches toward more complex, flexible ones.

Andy Cook

An Audacious Plan for Baltimore's Vacant Industrial Spaces

New “makers spaces” in a struggling neighborhood could bolster the local economy with small-scale manufacturing opportunities.

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Can Regenerative Design Save the Planet?

A Vancouver building illustrates how architecture can make an active, positive contribution to the environment.

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When It Comes to Housing Affordability, Are Cities Like Seattle Doomed?

At their annual gathering this week, America's urban planners confronted a growing crisis in the country's most expensive cities.

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The Precedent-Setting Possibilities of the New Edward M. Kennedy Institute in Boston

The "Lion of the Senate" may have been a special case, but it's not hard to imagine more senatorial libraries down the road.

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25 Years Later, a Renewed Campaign to Solve Boston's Greatest Art Heist

In a city still reeling from the Marathon bombings, questions of what's been lost resonate.

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Le Corbusier and the Biology of Beauty in Design

At the Venice Bienniale, an exhibit furthers the notion of an evolutionary single standard for what we find visually appealing.

Anthony Flint

What I Learned From a Poverty Simulation

To start, it was a far more sobering experience than I expected.

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Infrastructure Investment in the Time of Few Compromises

Important projects will get off the ground with or without Congress. It'd just be a whole lot easier with them.

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The Tragic Comedy of Small Business Permitting

A New Year’s resolution for cities: Quit drowning small businesses in outdated red tape.

Peter Vanderwarker

Building the New Harvard Art Museums Was a Story of Many, Many Constraints

The long list of difficulties Renzo Piano faced with this renovation and expansion point to why many architects prefer greenfield builds to infill.

A rendering of Future Lagos, with city design that works with rising sea levels. Courtesy NLÉ and Zoohaus/Inteligencias Colectivas

At MoMA, How 'Tactical Urbanism' Can Preserve the Future of Cities

As the world braces for a huge population influx into cities, a new exhibit looks at how scaling infrastructure could improve life in the accompanying "unplanned settlements."

Anthony Flint

Ushering in an Era of Concrete Destruction

Cities spend big money to retrofit and modernize landscapes built with the world’s most popular construction material—even as others go right on pouring it.

Anthony Flint

The Hazardous Business of Celebrating Le Corbusier

The pioneer of modern architecture inspired hundreds of drab downtowns and suburban corporate office parks. But he had many good ideas that are relevant to citybuilding today


As Asian Cities Grow, So Do Public Health Concerns

Smoking, junk food, and and alcohol use are wreaking havoc among poor migrants in Asian capitals.