Teresa Mathew

Teresa Mathew

Teresa Mathew is an editorial fellow at CityLab.

Modernist housing towers at night.

The Slow Decay of Japan's Modernist Dreams

The country’s postwar housing complexes were intended to represent a bold new era. Cody Ellingham’s eerie photographs emphasize their fading might.

A woman talks on her cell phone in front of a window displaying many skyscrapers

Does a Higher Building Elevation Lead to More Risk-Taking?

A new study suggests that being on a higher floor in a building increases a person’s willingness to take financial risks.  

A large apartment building cleanly divided by a gaping hole in the middle.

Dead Brutalist Buildings

A new show uses photographs of concrete buildings in their final days to argue for their preservation.

Mel Chin, standing with his work  Sea to See, two large glass blue globes.

Mel Chin's Look at Destruction and Hope

The artist’s new show at the Queens Museum manages to put a spotlight on community chaos and create seductive objects out of it.

A woman raises her hand in front of a cross.

In Massachusetts, a Mayor and a Church Spar Over Sanctuary

The Democratic mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts, opposes a local church’s decision to shelter an undocumented immigrant.

A man is taken into custody in Panama City Beach, Florida.

Florida Will Bring More Transparency to Its Justice System

After a bill passed by the Florida legislature is signed into law, the Sunshine State will gather more criminal-justice data and release it to the public.

Fading golden light shines over a house and cluster of tall red flowers.

What's in a Home?

Sixteen photographers capture their answer through stark landscapes, half-lit buildings, and colorful portraits.

A tall building with a colorful mural of geometric triangles painted on the side.

What Murals Can Tell Cleveland About Itself

Inspired by a 1973 arts program, a new triennial aims to make the city “a living museum of contemporary abstraction” and start a few conversations along the way.

Students at Eagle Rock High School in Northeast Los Angeles take part in the walkout for gun control

Walkout: In 1968, East L.A. Students Led a Movement

Fifty years ago, 17-year-old Paula Crisostomo helped organize a multi-school walkout that galvanized the Mexican-American community in Los Angeles.

A realty sign reads "Bank Repo"

Distressed NYC Homeowners Find Help—From City Hall

Through a special fund, New York City buys up delinquent mortgages to help homeowners and stabilize neighborhoods.

Larry Krasner walks away from his polling place on Nov. 7, 2017.

The Next Test for Bail Reform: Prosecutors

Philadelphia’s district attorney ran on an agenda to reform his city’s criminal justice system. Now he’s starting to with a new policy on bail. The question is: Can it work?

Three different perspectives of a Modernist skyscraper

A Female Architect's 'Post-War Miracle' No Match for New Zoning

Natalie de Blois rarely received her due during a 50-year career. Now, a new zoning law in Manhattan’s Midtown East is helping a bank tear down one of her greatest achievements.

Multiple letter c's in white, grey, blue, green, and red over a yellow background

Reviving Columbus's 'Dancing C's'

A new branding scheme for the small Indiana city builds off of its reputation for sophisticated modern design.

An Art Show Inspired by The Green Book

In “Sanctuary,” Derrick Adams uses history, fashion, and architecture to examine the way black Americans traveled in a period of highway expansion and limited civil rights.

A rainbow flag flies in front of a brick home.

How to Find a Neighborhood With Legal Protections for LGBT People

A new tool from Trulia shows homebuyers and renters if a property is covered by LGBT nondiscrimination laws at the state, county, and city levels.

A row of inmates wearing blue shirts stand in a line, one of them stands with his hands pressed together near his chin.

Bail Reform Takes Flight in Philly

With the passage of a new resolution, Philadelphia becomes the latest city pushing to end money bail.

People text on their cell phones while standing on the New York subway platform

Hello, Your Court Date Is Tomorrow

Texting people reminders makes them more likely to show up for court, according to a pilot program in New York City.

A tudor home with a chimney in the middle of the exterior.

Homes Are a Language of Self-Expression in Queens

Photographer and architect Rafael Herrin-Ferri explores the borough’s expressive architecture.

A woman attends a rally in front of the Massachusetts State House in Boston in December 2016.

Massachusetts Could Become a Pot Sanctuary

A bill in the state legislature would protect cannabis users from federal enforcement, not unlike sanctuary policies for immigrants.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions makes a speech at the Department of Justice in Washington.

Jeff Sessions and California: The Inevitable Collision

Announcing a new lawsuit against California, U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions called top officials an “embarrassment” in the most recent escalation of the battle between Sessions and the Golden State.

Dr. Benjamin Spock, Dr. King and Monsignor Rice of Pittsburgh march in the Solidarity Day Parade at the United Nations building, April 15, 1967.

Exploring Martin Luther King's Legacy in New York City

A photography exhibit revisits King’s impact on the fight for civil rights in the city.