Design

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.

To Save a Town ‘By the Grace of God’

Ben Carson’s HUD is shutting down two of the largest housing projects in Cairo, Illinois, leaving the town’s fate to a higher power.

The Sensory City Philosopher

Architect, engineer, and inventor Carlo Ratti envisions a future for urban design that's interactive.

An illustration shows two alleys in Detroit.

Finding the Untapped Potential of Alleys

“We’re starting to realize they’re just as powerful as a park or plaza.”

A Patriotic Museum Meets Suburban Resistance

The National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation was shocked earlier this year when its Moshe Safdie-concieved proposal was rejected by a local planning commission for being too tall.

Concrete letters spell "zoo" at the entrance to the National Zoo in Washington

The National Zoo Shouldn’t Fall for Security Theater

A proposal to ramp up security at the National Zoo would undermine a historic design that weaves nature into the lives of Washingtonians.

Down With Fun!

“Fun House,” an installation by Snarkitecture at the National Building Museum, shows that the craze for crowd-friendly museum spectacles is still going strong.

The American Heroes of St. Louis’s Gateway Arch

Monument to the Dream gives the construction workers behind an American design icon their proper due.

Understanding the Architecture of the Moscow Metro

Generations of Russian leaders have imposed their visions on the city's vast subway network.

Couples in formal 1950s dress dance as a band plays.

Why Won’t Millennials Join Country Clubs?

Golf-centric clubs are on the wane, even as private membership organizations for Millennials are re-emerging in urban areas.

Homes for sale are seen on Chicago's South Side, Tuesday, May 29, 2007.

I Hate-Watch ‘House Hunters’ to Understand Segregation

The HGTV show highlights more than just open kitchens and bickering couples

A Visual History of the U.S. Census

Vulnerable communities are bracing for an undercount in 2020. It’s a familiar story that traces back to the Articles of Confederation.

Launderettes of London

As a new photo project shows, these places aren’t just bright and slightly battered spots to clean clothes—they’re community hubs where people linger and make connections.

Why Vermonters Fear This Mormon Utopia

The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s latest list of America’s most endangered historic places includes four Vermont towns set to host a vast micro-housing development based of the visions of Joseph Smith.

Here’s D.C.’s Memorial For Native American Veterans

Unlike other war memorials in D.C., the National Native American Veterans Memorial does not highlight a specific conflict, but rather an entire people.

A set of slate grey buildings with red window frames.

Designing Better Affordable Housing in New York

A city commission has new guidelines for developers, designers, and community members.

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.

A 1990s Preview of a ‘Gateway’ for Cleveland

A local celebrity, dark backgrounds, smooth jazz, and a mysterious set of eyes surely sold the region’s corporate class on what’s now known as “The Q.”

A photo of high-rises in Songdo, billed as the world's "smartest" city.

Sleepy in Songdo, Korea’s Smartest City

The hardest thing about living in an eco-friendly master-planned utopia? Meeting your neighbors.  

In Mumbai, a Push to Recognize the Successes of ‘Informal’ Development

An area made famous by Slumdog Millionaire might look crammed and chaotic to outsiders, but a local urbanist group shows the intricate, valuable complexity that exists there. Can that save the neighborhood from demolition?

MapLab: The Voice of a Map Generation

A biweekly tour of the ever-expanding cartographic landscape.