Design

A Restored Norfolk Theater Is Back in the Spotlight

After years of vacancy, name changes, and collapsing ceilings, the Attucks still holds a special place in the collective memory of Norfolk’s black community.

Preserving the Legacy of Black Baseball in Detroit’s Hamtramck Stadium

An effort to restore one of the last remaining Negro League ballparks uncovers a hidden history of America’s pastime.

Construction of new skyscrapers on the New York skyline.

Are Planners Partly to Blame for Gentrification?

In his new book Capital City, Samuel Stein contends that real-estate interests have co-opted urban planning and made planners complicit in gentrification.  

A simple metal post with a basketball hoop and no net or backboard stands in front of a brick wall.

‘Hoops’ Photos Reveal the Geography of Basketball

For years, photographer Bill Bamberger traveled all over the U.S. and to a dozen other countries in search of one thing: basketball hoops.

A photo of San Antonio's Latino High Line

A ‘Latino High Line’ Promises Change for San Antonio

The San Pedro Creek Culture Park stands to be a transformative project for nearby neighborhoods. To fight displacement, the city is creating a risk mitigation fund.

Photographing Istanbul’s Charming Painted Signs

Captured in a new book, they serve as a delightful snapshot into the city’s recent history.

A Mormon temple with two spires, at dusk.

Understanding the New Mormon Temple in Rome

Despite its olive trees and piazza, the new temple will look familiar to American eyes.

How Havana's Street Artists Are Adapting to a Rise in Censorship

Threatened by authorities, Cuban street artists are finding resourceful ways to continue their work.

Cities Deserve Better Than These Thomas Heatherwick Gimmicks

The “Vessel” at New York’s Hudson Yards—like so many of his designs—look as if the dystopian world of 1984 has been given a precious makeover.

a photo of Walter Gropius's house in Lincoln, Massachusetts.

Reading Bauhaus: 7 Books to Mark a Modernist Milestone

A roundup of reads for fans of Walter Gropius, Mies van der Rohe, Marcel Breuer, and other big names of the Bauhaus art and design movement.

The Women of the Bauhaus

Walter Gropius’s lofty rhetoric about equality fell short of the essentialist differences that the art school’s founders perceived between the sexes (and imposed on women at the school).

Why Marcel Breuer's Brutalism Lives on in Atlanta

Despite changes in architectural fashion and a debate over its future, the Brutalist Atlanta-Fulton Central Library will live on.

A woman looks out over Manhattan from a glass-walled observation deck in a skyscraper.

Inside Hudson Yards, Manhattan’s Opulent New Mini-City

With super-tall glass towers, a luxury mall, and a ’grammable urban spectacle, Hudson Yards is very much a development of its time.

Unpacking Tel Aviv’s White City

If Tel Aviv’s history is a story of sanctuary and self-isolation, then its buildings designed in the Bauhaus style are monuments to just that.

The outside of a modern academic building, with translucent panels along the second floor and window-walled classrooms below.

The Bauhaus in the Age of Frictionless Design

The design school at Chicago’s IIT is a direct descendant of the Bauhaus. Its slick new building is, in some ways, everything the Bauhaus was not.

A Modernist Gas Station With a New Purpose

How an architecture firm turned a Mies van der Rohe-designed Esso in a remote section of Montreal into the La Station community center.

Drawing exercise of abstract shapes in different colors, from the 1920s.

‘The Whole World a Bauhaus’ Reveals a Movement’s Fault Lines

An exhibition at the Elmhurst Art Museum shows how the Bauhaus was defined by its conflicting ideologies.

An Old Mies For a New Toronto

How Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the final director of the Bauhaus school, sparked an architectural arms race in downtown Toronto among Canada’s major banks.

How the Bauhaus Kept Things Weird

Many imitators of the famous art school’s output have missed the surreal, sensual, irrational, and instinctual spirit that drove its creativity.

A Bus for Learning and Unlearning the Bauhaus Legacy

With their traveling project, the Savvy Contemporary collective hopes to examine power relations in the context of globalization and the impact of these on design and ideas.