Design

Postcard From Agra

Adopt-a-school, highway protests and a fight to save the Taj Mahal

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? 

The Opera House Effect

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

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

Why Preservationists Must Be Picky

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

An Atlas of Public Life in Downtown Saskatoon

Canadian city’s downtown gets detailed survey

CityFixer

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

How Happy Is Seattle?

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

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

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

In Berlin, Making Street Art That Sings

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

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

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