Karim Doumar

Karim Doumar

Karim Doumar is an editorial fellow at CityLab.

A Nocturnal Facelift for Chicago’s Merchandise Mart

A new projected video art display on the 2.5 acre facade of theMART will bring light and color to the city’s skyline two hours a day, five days a week, 10 months a year.

The Concrete of Hong Kong

What happens when you take the paint and neon out of the megacity? Pascal Greco’s stark photos reveal a harshly built environment.

Christopher Columbus statue in Manhattan's Columbus Circle

Goodbye, Columbus Day

How cities turned against a controversial holiday.  

Making Space For Indigenous Cultures

An artist contemplates Mayan life in the face of a U.S. architectural icon that fails to truly represent it.

Photos: Hurricane Florence Turned Roads Into Rivers

Rainfall and flooding in the Carolinas reveals highways that aren’t built for increasingly intense storms.

Nuclear Waste scars the landscape outside the Midvale Smelter in Utah.

Photographing America’s Toxic Wastelands

David Hanson’s work from the 1980s shows industrial damage to the American landscape that may never heal.

This is a picture of John McCain's face.

John McCain’s Unlikely Legacy Project in Phoenix

In his final year, the senator worked to revitalize a long-abandoned riverfront project in central Arizona.

This picture shows a few children playing on the swings at a park.

How a New Park Fits Detroit’s Plan to Bring Its Neighborhoods Back

The reuse of over a dozen vacant lots in the Fitzgerald neighborhood illustrates the city’s holistic approach to redevelopment outside of downtown.

How Trump Is Targeting California’s Air Pollution Standards

At stake: The state’s half-century-long right to regulate auto emissions.

The Teen Who Wanted to Fix Atlanta’s Noise Pollution Problem

In the 1970s, one local high-school girl went to some of the loudest parts of the city to see just how bad the problem was.

This picture shows the inside of Burlington Station, which now houses a local TV channel.

A Local TV Station’s Preservationist Side

Why KETV in Omaha moved in to the city’s beloved 120-year-old train station.

A crowd with signs that say "protect renters" at a press conference.

Rent Control Is Gaining Steam in California

The state could become the first to overturn a ban by ballot initiative.

Seeing the Beauty in Ukraine’s Soviet Architecture

The authors of an upcoming book on the nation’s most threatened buildings have a dramatic short film that makes a case for preservation.