Kriston Capps

How to Stop Jail Suicides

Sandra Bland’s death was preventable on multiple levels. A jail architect explains how design failed her nearly as badly as the police.

Boston's Mayor Nixes the U.S. Olympic Bid Contract

By refusing to sign a contract to guarantee the costs of hosting the games, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh may have put an end to the U.S. bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics.

Why Atlantic City Should Trade in Its Casinos for Research Institutes

The Boardwalk Empire can save itself by betting on resilience and research in place of tourism and vice.

How D.C. Can Survive Peak Population

The city is already facing a massive affordability crisis. To grow smart, its leaders must radically change their philosophies—now.

Why Every Art Museum Should Launch a Pop-Up Satellite

In Los Angeles, MOCA is modeling how institutions with huge collections should be thinking: Move artworks into underserved communities.

New York's Luxury Airport Terminal for Animals Is Bonkers

The ARK will make your experience look sorry by comparison.

Why San Francisco Voters Must Reject a Housing Moratorium

Refusing to build new housing won’t save the Mission. It’s a strategy that has already failed the city.

Tokyo Scraps Its Intergalactic Olympic Stadium

While Japan is bent on blaming the architect, Zaha Hadid, the dynamic at fault is global and corrupt.

How Fair Housing Will Turn Liberal Cities Conservative

The zoning arguments and policies that will win over liberal white homeowners won’t mention race or class directly. But they will restrict the density that makes sense for affordable housing.

Every Hideous Thing That Police Unions Have Said About Eric Garner

Including: “The fact that he states eleven times that he can’t breathe proves he was actually breathing.”

Even North Korea Is Building Bike Lanes

The thoroughfares of Pyongyang feature the greatest amenities for the convenience and efficiency of the socialist worker.

How a Seattle Plan to End Single-Family Zoning Could Change Affordable Housing

Some of the proposed tools are untested, some are best practices. Together, they would set the city on the progressive edge.

What Greece Can Learn From Detroit

The arrangement brokered between Eurozone leaders and Greece is severe. It’s a deal that Detroiters will recognize.

A Petition Against a D.C. 7-11 and the Crypto-Classism of NIMBYism

#NewDC yuppies move to stop a 7-11 from opening in a gentrifying neighborhood they’d never have touched 15 years ago. But they’re really objecting to its customer type.

Do No-Kids-Allowed Rules Violate Federal Anti-Discrimination Laws?

A Washington, D.C., co-op’s rule allowing dogs to play in common outdoor areas—but not the children living there—could become a federal case.

How Black Vernacular Architecture Is Changing Museums

The stoop and the porch are prominent features of two new museum designs.

These Are the Saddest Amtrak Stations in America

Some of the nation’s train stations don’t make a great impression. That won’t change until Congress truly funds passenger rail.

Mapping the U.S. by Property Value Instead of Land Area

Troubling inequities are revealed when you look at the country by total property values.

The Problem With an Invisible Tower in Paris

Developers of the first skyscraper to go up in 40 years are selling it as a shard of luminous crystal, not a looming tower.