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The Long Shadow of Mumbai's Mushrooming Highrises

In the scramble to grow, builders have cut corners—harming residents and the future of the city.

TechShop Detroit

Matching Affordable Housing with Affordable Working

A new movement seeks to extend the “co-working” model into small-scale manufacturing to benefit low-income workers.

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Why the U.K.'s Tower Blocks Deserve a Vast, Visual Archive

There’s long been a polarized debate surrounding this type of housing, but that’s finally starting to change.

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Watch 210 Years of Manhattan Densification in 2 Minutes

This visualization shows density peak in 1910, slip in the 20th century, then creep upward after 1980.

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The Value in Following a Single Building for Years

How the wide-ranging HIGHRISE documentary film project influenced the lives of a group of Toronto tower residents.

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Where Should Poor People Live?

Studies say that lower-income people do better when they live in affluent neighborhoods, but rich people don’t want them there. A few states are seeking ways around that resistance.

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America Is Enjoying a Patio Boom

For all the growth in cities, new housing still looks incredibly suburban.

Perspectives on Psychological Science

Charting the Emotions of Every Room in the House

There’s “romance” in the master bedroom … and in the master bath.

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In Charleston, Historic Black Park Space Is Losing to Luxury Homes

The South Carolina city handed over protected park space to private developers under dubious terms. Now, residents are fighting back.

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Tolerance and Intolerance in the City

A new study tries to determine what a “tolerant” city looks like.

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Pressed for Space, Singapore Looks Underground for Room to Grow

A wave of construction below the earth’s surface aims to make room for the city above.

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Here Comes Summer, There Goes Your Running Water

In Detroit and Baltimore, residents behind on water payments prepare to go without. Why aren’t utilities going after delinquent big companies first?


The Age of Every Building in Los Angeles, Mapped

A fascinating resource for lovers of city planning, made possible by open data.

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Mapping the Hourly Wage Needed to Rent a 2-Bedroom Apartment in Every U.S. State

The figures highlight the mismatch between dipping job earnings and soaring housing costs.

Amine Ouazad

Mapping the Density of Baltimore's Vacant-Housing Crisis

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is currently occupied with issues of policing and crime. But the city’s massive housing problem is also an issue indivisible from justice.


A Push to Build a Playground for Syrian Refugee Children

The crowd-funded project would make a place in Lebanon where these displaced youths can be kids again.

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The G Word: Gentrification and Its Many Meanings

Changing neighborhoods may be a class issue, but in America, that means it’s also a racial one.

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The Failures and Merits of Place-Based Initiatives

Targeting select low-income communities for an infusion of resources isn’t the answer to the problem of urban poverty. But what is?