Design

MapLab: No Map Is an Island

A biweekly tour of the ever-expanding cartographic landscape.

Wakanda: The Chocolatest City

The new Marvel superhero movie Black Panther shows the benefits and the risks associated with sustaining and protecting a majority-black community.  

People ice skating underneath an urban expressway.

In Toronto, a Likable Space Arrives Underneath a Loathed Expressway

The Bentway only opened last January but hasn’t had trouble drawing people to a previously overlooked spot beneath the Gardiner.

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.

Samuel Cole, 85, of Los Angeles, poses in his motorhome. Cole moved into the vehicle when he wasn't able to afford a $100 rise in his rent.

The Age-Friendly City Can't Just Be for the Wealthy

University of Manchester researchers argue that the movement to make cities more livable for older residents must expand its work on inequality.

What the Artist Behind Chance the Rapper’s Album Art Is Doing for Chicago

Artist Brandon Breaux had a revelation: He didn’t have to leave Chicago’s South Side to do something extraordinary.

Modernist brick hotel tower with glass and steel rooftop bar and lounge.

What's In the Future for Cincinnati's Modernist Icon?

America’s first International Style hotel was designed by a famed architecture firm in its early years and is filled with art by Alexander Calder, Joan Miró, and Saul Steinberg. Now, local preservationists are rallying to give it a secure future.

It's Time for the Pop-Up Olympics

The venues of the Pyeongchang Games, held in a remote and impoverished corner of South Korea, are not built to last. That’s probably for the best.

Men play basketball on a redesigned court in Kinloch Park, Missouri.

A Brighter Future for Run-Down Basketball Courts

For Project Backboard, there’s a simple way to turn a dilapidated court into a vibrant community hub: Just color outside the lines.

A man walks by a Black Panther poster in 1990s Harlem.

The Black Panther Party’s History of Urban Street Art

The group’s Minister of Culture designed posters that were glued on the walls of decaying buildings in mostly black and Latino neighborhoods.

A child plays in Santiago, Chile.

How to Design Cities for Children

A billion kids are now growing up in urban areas. But not all cities are planned with their needs in mind.  

A Former Gestapo Headquarters Gets a Tone-Deaf Redevelopment

As this week’s protests show, memories of what went on there are far from gone—nor should they be.

Tech Companies Should Not Plan Our Cities

The Sidewalk Labs project in Toronto represents a radical departure from the principles that have guided city planning in Canada since Jane Jacobs moved north.

MapLab: More to Hide Than You Thought

A biweekly tour of the ever-expanding cartographic landscape.

The New Deal Landmark That's Cannibalizing Itself

Greenhills, Ohio, is a National Historic Landmark, but town officials have demolished some of its 1930s buildings, unable to bear the cost of preserving them.

The Imperfect Science of Mapping the Flu

As influenza rages across the U.S., scientists labor to develop better health surveillance techniques.

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 Perils of Diagnosing Modernists

Two researchers recently suggested that autism and post-traumatic stress disorder led to the minimalist stylings of Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius. Their questions and tools are useful, but there’s danger in mistaking one piece of a puzzle for its entirety.

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.

Paris: 'Please Do Not Give Us This Jeff Koons Sculpture'

Wrong art, wrong location, say critics.

Even the Dead Could Not Stay

An illustrated history of urban renewal in Roanoke, Virginia.