Design

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The Moral Baggage of 'Wastelands'

“An act of transforming the wasteland is seen as a redemptive activity that’s going to save the individual, the society, and the nation.”

Maps
NYPL

When Lager Reigned

1880s Manhattan was a beery paradise, according to a teetotaling cartographer.

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Grasshopper Film

The Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise of Inner Mongolia

Zhao Liang’s latest film, Behemoth provides a ring-side seat to the effects of rapid development, commerce, and pollution in this autonomous region of China.

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Wastelands Reborn

Turning around abandoned urban spaces sometimes just takes a little imagination.

Dominique Perrault Architecture

Paris's Grand Plans to Make a Tourist Hotspot More Appealing to Locals

The Île de la Cité has no excuse to be boring.

Panoramic Interests

To House the Homeless, Berkeley Considers Stackable 'Microunits'

The city wants to erect a tower made of stacked, prefab 160-square-foot apartments.

AP

The Stadiums That Ate Texas

Why are these Dallas suburbs funding the most expensive high school football stadiums ever built?

Kirill Iordansky/Reuters

Berlin's 'Devil's Mountain': Built From Rubble, And Going to Waste

One of the most historically resonant sites in Germany’s capital has been left in ruins.

Terrence Hector

Imagining a World of Massive Cities That Crawl Across the Earth

An architect dreamed up these hulking biostructures that humans exploit for energy.

Azad Lashkari/Reuters

Left Behind

A week of stories about what we squander, discard, and fritter away: Welcome to the Wastelands.

Environment and Behavior

To Cut Car Pollution, Ask Drivers to 'Think of Yourself'

Researchers tested different road signs to prevent drivers from idling their engines. “Big Brother” eyes helped, but a simple appeal to the “private self” did even more.

Videos
The Hague

The Hague's City Hall Has Been Mondrian'd

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the De Stijl movement, Richard Meier’s only project in the Netherlands is getting an extremely Dutch treatment.

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The High Line's Next Balancing Act

The famed “linear park” may be a runaway success, but it’s also a symbol of Manhattan’s rising inequality. Can its founder help other cities learn from its mistakes?

Maps
Sebastian Meier

A Data Visualizer Created a Mossy Map of Berlin's Green Spaces

Sebastian Meier used vegetation and a laser cutter to show the city’s parks and ponds.

SFMTA

San Francisco Takes a Step Back From Raised Bike Lanes

Sometimes they just can’t prevent cars from parking in the pathway.

Jon Craig

Who Are Shipping Containers Really for Now?

In Bristol—a city with a rich maritime history and rising home prices—developers are especially keen on repurposing these utilitarian objects for trendy projects.

Boyoun Kim/TASCHEN

Drop in to Luxurious Urban Oases in the Sky

A new book gives a birds-eye-view of lush rooftop spaces around the world.

SDOT

Seattle Puts Side Guards on Trucks to Protect Cyclists

The panels are meant to stop the fatal, crushing trauma associated with getting run over.

Rickey Rogers/Reuters

This Month in Urbanism: February 2017

A sampling of city-focused events around the world. This month: urban agriculture in Atlanta, the complexity of street networks, and how to love a city in the snow.