Design

People cross Corrientes Avenue in Buenos Aires at night, with the Obelisk in the background.

Buenos Aires's Waterfront 'Youth District' Stirs Debate

Argentina’s capital hopes to revitalize part of its riverfront, but critics say the plan is socially exclusive, too commercial, and environmentally risky.

The Moon Lands on the High Line

Oliver Jeffers’s new installation, The Moon, The Earth and Us pays tribute to the most famous photograph taken of earth and questions our place in the universe.

A photo of people looking at a street map at the Shibuya junction, which is popular among tourists, in Tokyo

Why Paper Maps Still Matter in the Digital Age

If you want to really learn your way around a new place, print trumps digital options.

London’s Next Concert Hall Design Looks Crazy, But the Design Has a Purpose

The new music center could, regardless of its aesthetics, help to make the Barbican’s fortress walls feel more bridgeable.

A rendering of families walking in a wooded park with a geodesic dome

The Controversial Renovation of Montreal’s Beloved Public Park

Parc-Jean Drapeau’s redesign attempts to balance priceless serenity and outdoor art with profitable festivals. Many Montrealers are skeptical.

An archived Geocities family homepage showing a green cottage against a background of fall leaves.

How Geocities Suburbanized the Internet

In the 1990s, AOL and Netscape got Americans onto the web, but it was Geocities—with its suburban-style “neighborhoods”—that made them feel at home.

In ‘Airports of the Future,’ Everything New is Old Again

Just because an amenity-filled terminal looks impressive doesn’t mean it functions well.

A heavily stamped passport with lighthouse icons

How Social Media Will Save Historic Lighthouses

While other attractions feel cursed by Instagram hordes, the United States Lighthouse Society is embracing social media.

A photo of President Donald Trump showing off U.S.-Mexico border wall prototypes in March 2018.

This Isn't a Border Wall: It's a Monument to White Supremacy

Like Confederate monuments, President Trump’s vision of a massive wall along the Mexican border is about propaganda and racial oppression, not national security.

Will Copenhagen’s Eco-Friendly Man-Made Islands Pay Off?

The Danish capital is expanding its land mass and creating climate resiliency. But is it sustainable?

An artist's rendering of a proposed "human composting" facility, with skylights, plants, and benches.

Could ‘Human Composting’ Mean a Better, Greener Death?

As Washington State considers legalizing human composting, advocate Katrina Spade explains the process as a needed alternative to standard burial and cremation.

The Hidden Women Behind London’s Beloved Modernist Transit Posters

Poster Girls, the London Transport Museum exhibit, recalls a London where female artists were quietly shaping the way the city saw itself, its pleasures, and its future.

A resident of New York's high-rise housing project Co-op City looks out from his apartment balcony.

Co-op City: How New York Made Large-Scale Affordable Housing Work

The mega-complex of middle-income housing in the Bronx, which just turned 50, offers a (mostly) successful alternative to the speculative housing market.

The Return of London’s 1930s Futuristic Subway Car

The London Transport Museum is bringing three charming-but-antiquated Q Stock carriages back to life.

A map characterizing the Republican trade policy platform in the 1888 election.

These ‘Persuasive Maps’ Want You to Believe

A digital collection from Cornell University shows how subjective maps can be used to manipulate, rather than present the world as it really is.

Crowds take in a concert on the newly redesigned grounds of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.

2018 Was the Year of the Aspirational Park

Private funding and high-impact design were recurring themes of parks that opened in 2018. So was the hope that parks can unite, repair, and invigorate cities.

A portrait collage of famous thinkers, writers, planners, and designers

CityLab University: The Who’s Who of Urbanism

15 people who changed how we plan, design, think about, and live in cities.

Archigram’s Radical Architectural Legacy

Three members of the ‘60s collective talk to author Darran Anderson about postmodernism, metabolism, their values, and watching the world catch up to them.

Oslo Metro Taps Zaha Hadid Architects for Its Expansion

The transit project is part of an effort not only to better connect a far-flung corner of the city, but to brand a development site as sleek and forward-looking.

A data visualization shows 200 years of immigration to the U.S. represented as a thickening tree trunk.

A New Way of Seeing 200 Years of American Immigration

To depict how waves of immigrants shaped the United States, a team of designers looked to nature as a model.