Amanda Kolson Hurley

Amanda Kolson Hurley

Amanda Kolson Hurley is a journalist in the Washington, D.C., area and the author of Radical Suburbs.

A Costume Ball Where Architects Dress as Buildings

In a revival of a 1930s society party, guests at a Chicago ball wore outfits of famous buildings such as Marina Bay Sands and the Aqua Tower.

Portrait of the architect Alejandro Aravena.

How an Architect Who Designs ‘Half-Houses’ Rebuilt a City

Alejandro Aravena, who helped a city recover from an earthquake and a tsunami, says participatory design is not just inclusive but “more efficient.”

What’s the Deal With AOC’s Retro-Style GND Posters?

Posters for the Green New Deal unveiled by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez strongly evoke a famous Depression-era federal art program.

What Internet Memes Get Wrong About Breezewood, Pennsylvania

A photo of a strip of fast-food outlets and gas stations is used to critique the sameness of the American landscape. But it could only be one place on Earth.

The small white blossoms of a Bradford pear tree.

The Detested Bradford Pear Tree Is Coming to a Forest Near You

Cities and states are trying to remove Bradford pears‚ but the “weed trees” have already intruded deep into some forests, a biologist warns.  

Aerial view of a Modernist tropical garden.

A Brazilian Vision Blooms Anew in the Bronx

The New York Botanical Garden pulls out all the stops for its new exhibit on Modernist garden designer Roberto Burle Marx.

Photograph of a high, sculptural atrium with white walls and curving stairs.

The Glamour of the Jet Age Lives on at the TWA Hotel

A swinging hotel just opened inside the defunct 1960s-era terminal designed by Eero Saarinen at New York’s JFK Airport.

Design rendering of a high-tech floating city.

Floating Cities Aren’t the Answer to Climate Change

UN-Habitat is looking at high-tech urban islands as a potential survival fix for communities at risk from rising seas. This isn’t what resilience looks like.

CityLab Daily: Welcome to the Radical Suburbs

Also: Two states plan to help homeless college students, and how families with kids drive suburban segregation.

A miniature suburban street at dusk.

The Secret History of the Suburbs

We all know the stereotypes: Suburbia is dull, conformist, and about “keeping up with the Joneses.” But what about the suburbs of utopians and renegades?

A simple metal post with a basketball hoop and no net or backboard stands in front of a brick wall.

‘Hoops’ Photos Reveal the Geography of Basketball

For years, photographer Bill Bamberger traveled all over the U.S. and to a dozen other countries in search of one thing: basketball hoops.

A forking path in the forest at Van Cortlandt Park in New York City.

America’s Management of Urban Forests Has Room for Improvement

A new survey finds that urban forests could benefit from better data on climate change and pests and a focus on social equity.

A Mormon temple with two spires, at dusk.

Understanding the New Mormon Temple in Rome

Despite its olive trees and piazza, the new temple will look familiar to American eyes.

a photo of Walter Gropius's house in Lincoln, Massachusetts.

Reading Bauhaus: 7 Books to Mark a Modernist Milestone

A roundup of reads for fans of Walter Gropius, Mies van der Rohe, Marcel Breuer, and other big names of the Bauhaus art and design movement.

Why the Bauhaus Still Matters

A special series that reflects on the Bauhaus school on its 100th anniversary—from the roots of its ideas to how its concepts impacted an impure world.

A modern museum building with a series of sunken terraces in Japan.

2019 Pritzker Prize Goes to Japanese Architect Arata Isozaki

The 87-year-old architect has designed more than 100 buildings around the world, with an uncommon degree of stylistic versatility.

Black-and-white photo of 1940s children walking down a path leading from an Art Deco school building.

How the Green New Deal Could Retrofit Suburbs

The original New Deal included a bold attempt to rethink suburbia. We can still learn from it.

A smartphone displays an earthquake-alert map of Los Angeles.

L.A.’s Public Earthquake-Warning App Is the First in the U.S.

ShakeAlertLA aims to give smartphone users a few seconds’ warning of imminent quakes.

A photo of voters waiting in line in the suburb of Takoma Park, Md.

2018 Was the Year of the Complicated Suburb

The old narrative of city and suburb is dead; in 2018, the spaces outside of cities were revealed in their full complexity.

A reflection of an old church spire is seen in the window of a new office building in London.

The Folly of the U.K.’s New Architectural Style Wars

The U.K.’s new housing czar Sir Roger Scruton thinks traditional architecture can foil NIMBYs. But architecture didn’t cause Britain’s housing crisis.  

A man holding a toddler walks past open-house signs in front of condominiums for sale.

Millennials Are More Likely to Buy Their First Homes in Cities

New research finds that Millennials are 21 percent more likely to buy their first homes near city centers than Generation X.