Design

A First-Rate Waterfront Park Is Transforming a Historic Greek City

Thessaloniki’s New Waterfront is the centerpiece in an effort to transform the local economy, and other cities are taking notice.

A one-story building with a strip-club sign above the entrance.

The Architecture of Adult Entertainment

Photographing strip-club exteriors from Miami to L.A. for his series “Gentlemen’s Club,” François Prost found pink stucco, flashy signs—and lots of parking.

A bridge-like elevated park in London, with the River Thames in the background.

That Sinking Feeling: London's 'Tide' Disappoints

London’s newest destination, on North Greenwich Peninsula, shows why it’s time to stop copying New York City’s High Line.

A portrait of architect Phil Freelon sitting in front of a wall covered with design renderings.

Remembering Phil Freelon, Architect of the Black Experience

The lead architect of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, among many other important cultural buildings, has died at 66.

A modern stone and concrete house cantilevered over a waterfall.

8 Buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright Added to UNESCO World Heritage List

Eight Wright buildings, located around the country, are the first American works of modern architecture that UNESCO deems “of outstanding universal value.”

A satellite image of Manhattan with an orange square superimposed, indicating one square kilometer.

What Micro-Mapping a City's Density Reveals

Exploring density by the square kilometer reveals as much variation within cities as between them—and shows that raw statistics can be deceptive.

When ‘Big Plans’ Could Change the World

A new exhibition looks back at the period of grand urban design and social reform in New York City, Boston, and Chicago.

Can This Chicago Apartment Factory Make New Homes Affordable?

Skender believes it can shave time and costs off the standard construction process, resulting in more affordable housing.

A row of shikumen lanehouses in front of glass skyscrapers in Shanghai

The Last of Shanghai's Historic Shikumen Houses, in Photos

Built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, shikumen houses are barely holding on in the modern megacity.  

A man works at a laptop inside a small booth within a large open office.

Can ‘Pods’ Bring Quiet to the Noisy Open Office?

Now that office walls have come down, workers are ducking into closet-sized “pods” for privacy and quiet. Is this a retreat from the open office or the next phase of it?

Shirley Chisholm talking to a man in front of a storefront with a sign reading Bedford Stuyvesant Youth in Action.

A Website, 7 Statues, and the First Lady Bring Changes to NYC

She Built NYC, a project to rectify the gender imbalance in NYC’s monuments, is only one project of the city’s women-focused portal Women.NYC.

a photo of Parisians cooling off in the fountains of the Trocadero Gardens earlier this week

As Record Heat Roasts Europe, Paris Prepares for the Worst

The French capital is rolling out its new heat emergency procedures as Europe boils in a record-breaking heat wave.

A photo of a postmodern-style office building in downtown Portland, Oregon.

Is the New Portland Building Still the Portland Building?

Michael Graves’s famous Portland Building is undergoing a renovation so extensive, it may be de-listed from the National Register of Historic Places.

a photo of a woman taking a photograph in a Shanghai skyscraper

The 3 Pictures That Explain Everything About Smart Cities

The vision of the technology-powered metropolis of the future is being sold with images that bear little resemblance to the real world.

Revisiting Pittsburgh’s Era of Big Plans

A conversation with the trio of authors behind a new book about the Steel City’s mid-20th-century transformation.

A rendering of Quayside, the waterfront development now being planned for Toronto.

A Big Master Plan for Google's Growing Smart City

Google sibling company Sidewalk Labs has revealed its master plan for the controversial Quayside waterfront development—and it’s a lot bigger.

Aerial view of a Modernist tropical garden.

A Brazilian Vision Blooms Anew in the Bronx

The New York Botanical Garden pulls out all the stops for its new exhibit on Modernist garden designer Roberto Burle Marx.

What Cities Can Do to Help Birds and Bees Survive

Pollinators—the wildlife that shuffle pollen between flowers—are being decimated. But they may still thrive with enough help from urban humans.

Detail of a Brutalist building.

Can This Flawed Brutalist Plaza in Boston Be Fixed?

The chain-link fences are finally down at Boston’s long-closed Government Services Center, thanks to some clever design updates.

Paris Wants to Grow ‘Urban Forests’ at Famous Landmarks

The city plans to fill some small but treasured sites with trees—a climate strategy that may also change the way Paris frames its architectural heritage.