Housing

Soon Your Home May Be Smarter Than You Are

Forget to turn off the oven, or close the garage, or feed the cat? Your house knows.

The Curious Case of the 'Imposturbs'

Themed real estate developments have spread urban mimicry all over the world. But why do we want these places?

A Natural Fix for Ireland's 'Ghost Estates'

Gardeners reclaim the half-built McMansions of the Irish countryside.

For Developers, Apartments Still a Safe Bet

After a boom, demand for multi-family housing will settle, according to forecast.

The World's Newest Real Estate Market

In Havana, the purchase and sale of private property became legal just six months ago. Here's how it's changing the look of the city.

America's Growing Urban Footprint

Census figures show widespread increases in the square mileage of urbanized areas in the U.S.

Videos

Video: 2 Minutes To A Healthy City

A video breaks down what cities can do to make their residents fitter.

U.S. Urban Population Is Up ... But What Does 'Urban' Really Mean?

Census definitions include a wide spectrum of places that count as cities.

What Communities Should Do To Protect Against Climate Change

Nine low-tech steps we can take to mitigate the effects of global warming.

Restoring Retro Hollywood, One Apartment at a Time

Los Angeles's "Duke of Art Deco" collects and rehabs buildings that once housed Hollywood's greats.

Maps

Where to Buy and Where to Rent Now

In most of America's top metros, buying may well be the better financial decision. But is the next bubble inevitable?

The Local History Behind London's Olympic Unease

Two East London neighborhoods will be irrevocably changed by the Games. Is this a bad thing?

What U.S. Population Trends From the 2000s Tell Us About the Future

The metro areas that saw the greatest slowdown in the previous decades were the ones that saw the biggest booms in the 1990s.

Uncovering the World's First Cities

Researchers map the earliest Mesopotamian cities and find that many develop in surprising areas.

The Mixed-Up Politics of Urbanism

Neither end of the political spectrum gets it right when it comes to smart growth, leaving too many Americans priced out of economically vibrant cities. 

Maps

Map of the Day: When to Sell Your House

U.S. housing prices peak at different times based on their geography.

What Mumbai and Beijing Can Learn From New York

Two recent exhibits highlight American planning's strengths alongside its great weaknesses.

Affordable Housing Veterans Actually Want to Live In

A new, green housing project in Milwaukee offers veterans access to job training, a fitness center, and free high-speed internet.