Design

The Face Behind Pittsburgh’s Modernism

Tasso Katselas was prolific in his home city for the second half of the 20th century, but his work remains underappreciated.

The interior of Grand Central Station

The Price of Saving Grand Central Station

The Supreme Court ruling that rescued the icon also opened the door for other, more controversial preservation cases.

White House to Protesters: ‘Get Off My Lawn!’

Closing the sidewalk in front of the President’s home would mean demolishing the country’s most vital public forum—and another norm shattered by the Trump administration.

North Korean soldiers carry the Korean People's Army flag as they walk past residential buildings along Ryomyong Street in Pyongyang.

The Improbable High-Rises of Pyongyang, North Korea

Kim Jong-un is transforming the Hermit State’s capital city into a pastel-hued “socialist fairyland.”

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.

Is Sydney’s Opera House a Billboard?

After a horse race ad was projected onto the structure’s iconic roof earlier this week, protestors took to the streets in objection to the commodification of their beloved building.

Interpreting Africa’s Visible, and Invisible, Borders

In the eighth “Invisible Borders” road trip, a group of African artists and writers send dispatches from the continent’s cities and border towns.

Adults and children explore an urban play-garden.

A City That Takes Climate Change Seriously: Paris

The French capital, under Mayor Anne Hidalgo, could be a model for how cities can mitigate and plan for climate change. But change has not come easily.

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.

Preserving the Shotgun Homes of Miami’s 19th Century Immigrants

Many descendants of the original Coconut Grove community own property in the neighborhood today, but development is a serious concern and a large part of the community is fighting to protect their homes.

The Town That Doesn’t Exist

Slab City, buried deep in the California desert, is a land of squatters, artists, and migrants—and few rules. In a new book, an architect and a photographer document “the last free place.”

This Is What Democracy Looks Like

A gathering of designers talk about the art of creating political brands in 2018.

A Step-by-Step Guide for Fixing Badly Planned American Cities

An excerpt from Jeff Speck’s Walkable City Rules, a step-by-step guide to fixing America’s cities and towns.

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.

The High Line Gets an Opera

One of the architects behind the elevated park now has an ambitious, 6-day event that draws on music, immersive performance, and community engagement to convey one hour of life in the big city.

World’s Fairs and the Death of Optimism

The innocence one might think World’s Fairs have lost in recent years depends on how much one believes they had to begin with.

The architect Robert Venturi in 1991, with a model of a new hall for the Philadelphia Orchestra in the background.

The Robert Venturi Effect

The “father of postmodernism” had a seismic impact on architecture—and on me.

In Memphis, An Unfair Future

The final days of Foote Homes reflects the city’s inability to protect its public housing residents in the face of private redevelopment.

The Toxins of Camden

It wafts and weaves through the struggling industrial city, disproportionately affecting its public school students.

MapLab: Volunteer Rescuers Flooding the Map

A biweekly tour of the ever-expanding cartographic landscape.

Amsterdam Plans a Distinctly American High-Rise Island

A new tower development in the city’s harbor has a clear inspiration from U.S. and Canadian cities. But is it right for low-rise Amsterdam?