Amanda Kolson Hurley

Amanda Kolson Hurley

Amanda Kolson Hurley is a senior editor at CityLab.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Before-and-After Photos of Michael’s Destruction

NOAA images reveal the storm’s brutal, but uneven, impact on the Florida Panhandle.

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Why a ‘Memory Town’ Is Coming to Your Local Strip Mall

Weeks after opening near San Diego, a model town for treating dementia is set to be replicated around the U.S.

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How Kids Learn to Navigate the City (and the World), in Five Designs

Critic Alexandra Lange talks about the objects and places that represent a-ha moments in child-centered design.

A man and a woman operate machinery inside a modern factory.

Can Silicon Valley Disrupt How We Build?

Flush with venture capital, the startup Katerra wants to revolutionize the construction industry. But as history shows, it’s harder than it looks.

Inside the Secret Cities That Created the Atomic Bomb

The Manhattan Project, the program that developed the first nuclear weapons during World War II, worked out of three purpose-built cities in Tennessee, New Mexico, and Washington state. A new exhibition considers their design and legacy.

The Suburb Wooing Millennials With Avocados, Kombucha, and Cheap Houses

In a new comic-strip ad campaign, Homewood, Illinois, bills itself as a hip, diverse, urban neighborhood that Millennials can afford. The only catch: It’s in the suburbs.

A resident of Resurrection City sits in his shelter.

The Protest Town That Embodied MLK's Final Dream

Weeks after Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, thousands of demonstrators came to D.C. to create Resurrection City, a shantytown on the National Mall built to demand government action on poverty.

A woman walking outside in Minneapolis in January 2014.

Climate Change Will Not Make Us Nicer

A recent study found that people who grow up in places with mild weather are more agreeable and outgoing. What does that mean in a world of climate extremes?

The Case for Putting Amazon's HQ2 in the Suburbs

If it’s built on the urban fringe, HQ2 doesn’t have to be an inward-looking campus marooned in sprawl. It could be the mother of all suburban retrofits.

The House of the Future Is Elevated

We can build homes to sit above flood waters so people can ride out the Harveys of the future, but it won’t be easy or cheap.

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The Many Sides of Michael Graves

A new biography of the architect tells of his rise from small-town Indiana to partnerships with Disney and Target, and how disability shaped his outlook.

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The Eco-Friendly Wooden Skyscrapers of the Future

This change to the urban skyline could make a big dent in carbon emissions.

Detroit's 1924 Book-Cadillac Hotel in Detroit during a renovation in 2008.

7 Landmarks Saved by the Historic Tax Credit

The GOP’s tax reform bill has put the federal historic tax credit on the chopping block. Here are just a few of the buildings it helped revive since 1978.

550 Madison Avenue, as reimagined by Snøhetta

Will a Postmodern Icon Be 'Glasswashed'?

A plan by the design firm Snøhetta to remake Philip Johnson’s AT&T Building has sparked anger in the architecture world.

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Can Coloring Books Demystify Bike-Lane Design?

To share concepts from its “low-stress” bicycle master plan, Montgomery County, Maryland, chose the ultimate stress-busting medium of the coloring book.

Designing for a Better Democracy

From graphic explainers of government regulations to board-game-style community workshops, new MacArthur Fellow Damon Rich uses design to make cities more democratic.