Built Environment

The Amazing Things You Can Learn From a Virtual City

This new tool can help us understand how people respond to urban spaces before they're built.

How the Decline of the Traditional Workplace Is Changing Our Cities

The rise of smart phones and WiFi mean we can now work from anywhere. Should that turn the entire built environment into an office?

Should We Be Zoning With Crime in Mind?

If residential areas are safer than commercial ones, it would seem so.

Would We Leave Disaster-Prone Cities in the Absence of FEMA?

Economist Matthew Kahn wonders how coastal areas might adapt to climate change without federal assistance.

3 Lessons Every Olympic City Should Take to Heart

Done right, the Olympics can increase a city's public spaces and public transportation use.

Greening an Entire Block Instead of Just One Building

Most smaller commercial buildings can't afford energy retrofits on their own. But what if they banded together?

The Washington That Never Was

A new exhibit explores the history of failed building proposals in the nation's capital

Mapping the Age of Humans

How one organization is visualizing our impact on earth