Design

Andrew R. Palewski

The Trouble With Church Preservation

When a religious group wants to sell off its house of worship but historians want to save it, who should decide? 

Reuters

The Opera House Effect

Why performance spaces built in the 18th century predict which cities will thrive 200 years later

Reuters

Making Energy Efficient Streetlights a Reality

How cities can overcome some of the disadvantages of LEDs

Postcard From Guatemala City

Scrap metal "mines," a search for airport funding and South America's own Silicon Valley

Flickr/barb.howe

Why Preservationists Must Be Picky

If we try to save everything, we risk losing our credibility

Flickr/aendrew

An Atlas of Public Life in Downtown Saskatoon

Canadian city’s downtown gets detailed survey

CityFixer
Flickr/Ganesha.isis

Can Modern Architecture Ever Gain Favor in Historic Neighborhoods?

The San Francisco Chronicle's architecture critic weighs in on his city's epic preservation battles

Postcard From Almaty, Kazakhstan

Larger-than-life statues and murders that fuel fears of terrorism

Flickr/mikeyskatie

How Happy Is Seattle?

The "Happiness Initiative" aims to measure well-being in cities across the country

Flickr/Podknox

Postcard From Plymouth, Mass.

Cooking fires, food history and a rocky memorial

Designing for Good

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

In a Dutch Suburb, a Housing Project as Art

A new apartment by 24-H architecture boasts wildly free-form balconies

Flickr/faungg

Why the Asian Food in Paris Is So Bad

French snobbery about their own cuisine has led the city to become a mecca of mediocre pan-Asian offerings

Postcard From Los Angeles

Free turkeys, mandatory smiles and 1 dollar land for Occupy Los Angeles

Flickr/ToolmanTim

In Berlin, Making Street Art That Sings

A street artist’s boombox posters turn cell phones into cassette tapes

Patrick Norguet

A McDonald's for Architecture Snobs

Forget tacky counters and mass-produced booths. This French McDonald's offers a sleek design for the modern family

Matt Stroud

Why I Love (and Sometimes Hate) My City: Sala Udin on Pittsburgh

The former city councilman has worked for decades to revitalize one of Pittsburgh's most dangerous and deteriorated neighborhoods.

Atlanta, Then and Now (1871 to 2011)

A cartographic comparison of Atlanta, from post-confederate reconstruction to postmodern boom-town

Jesse Berkowitz

Postcard From Fort Dauphin, Madagascar

New power plants, pictures from space and a fight over a centuries-old newborn twin tradition