Design

A temporary housing prototype

How Temporary Tiny Homes Could Solve Dutch Cities’ Housing Crises

As the Netherlands struggles to keep pace with its need for new homes, many cities like Rotterdam have sprouted temporary micro-neighborhoods.

A row of empty pews in an abandoned church.

America’s Epidemic of Empty Churches

Between 6,000 and 10,000 churches die in the U.S. every year, and many are sitting on prime real estate.

Dar al-Husseini in Ramallah's Old City.

Developers in This Palestine City Are Destroying Historic Homes

A construction boom that begun under Salam Fayyad has claimed much of the historic architecture in Ramallah. Some locals are trying to save what is left.

The Forgotten Remnants of Route 66

Photographer Edward Keating captures the history of Route 66 over the decades as towns along "the mother road" have fallen into disrepair and obscurity.

Rendering of a 65-story glass skyscraper in Quebec City seen at night.

The Skyscraper Dividing Quebec City

Le Phare would stand 65-stories high in Sainte-Foy, an old, low-lying suburb of the historic city.

a photo of a house demolition in Detroit

Appetite for Deconstruction

To battle blight, builders must imagine at the beginning of a structure’s life what will happen at the end of it.

Mary Margaret Pettway with a replica of one of her mother's best-known quilts in Boykin, formerly Gee's Bend, Alabama.

Could Incorporating as a Town Save Gee’s Bend, Alabama?

Despite the global fame of its quilts, the rural hamlet of Gee’s Bend (now Boykin) is deeply impoverished. Boosters say making it an official town could change that.

Graphic designer Burton Kramer thumbs through the pages of the CBC design standards manual he created.

How Canada Discovered Its Visual Identity

A documentary by Vancouver-based graphic designer Greg Durrell explores the surprisingly rich history behind the nation’s postwar design culture.

Columbia University's Low Library

Rediscover the Gilded Age’s Most Famous Architects

McKim, Mead & White, Selected Works 1879-1915 highlights the nation’s defining classical structures from the late 19th century.

A renovated art deco movie theater in Puerto Rico with a new marquee promoting the bakery that moved in last year.

A Neglected Art Deco Gem in Puerto Rico Becomes a Community Staple

Just after Hurricane Maria devastated the island, a historic movie theater in Ponce was restored and reopened as a family-run bakery.

A photo of a resident of Community First Village, a tiny-home community for people who were once living in homelessness, outside of Austin, Texas.!

Austin's Fix for Homelessness: Tiny Houses, and Lots of Neighbors

Community First! Village’s model for ending homelessness emphasizes the stabilizing power of social connections.

Stairs from the Eiffel Tower, to be auctioned in Paris.

For Sale: A Piece of the Eiffel Tower

A section of the tower’s original staircase is up for auction in Paris this month.

A pair of black, London Underground-themed Adidas sneakers with red and blue trim.

The London Underground Now Has Its Own Sneaker Line

The lines around the block to buy them aren’t because of their design or inevitable collector’s item status. It’s because they’re basically free for straphangers.

A light rail train pass through the new, Snøhetta-designed Calgary Central Library at dusk.

Calgary’s New Public Library Opens with Ambition and Style

Snøhetta’s library design is best contemplated as a public space and a bridge—between the city’s affluent downtown and the less prosperous space to the east.

The Unconventional Beauty of Montreal’s New Bonaventure Expressway

After years of political wrangling, planning, and construction, the new $141.7-million (CDN) Projet Bonaventure is actually pleasant, as far as expressways go.

A photograph of a visitor to the Kungstradgarden ice rink in downtown Stockholm, Sweden.

Stockholm Isn’t Buying This Apple Store

The Swedish capital has rebuffed the tech giant’s scheme to build a new Apple Store in the Kungsträdgården, the city’s central square.

A general view of Old City Jerusalem, which may have a cable car system by 2021.

Israel’s Divisive Plan for a Cable Car in Jerusalem

Architects, preservationists, and tour guides oppose the Israeli government’s scheme while Palestinian residents say they’ve been entirely marginalized in the process.

A curvy, one-story white building from the 1960s with glass walls and teal trim located in Naugatuck, Connecticut.

An Ultimate Architectural Road Trip of East Coast Mid-Century Modernism

Architecture writer Sam Lubell and photographer Darren Bradley reveal the hidden gems and greatest hits of postwar design along the Eastern Seaboard.

A photo of a group of monks paying their respects at a makeshift memorial outside the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.

After the Tree of Life Attack, Synagogues Seek Balance Between Safety and Openness

With anti-Semitic hate crimes on the rise, security fears are a growing part of synagogue design.

Children playing on a beach in Mogadishu surrounded by small fishing boats and historic ruins.

Making 3-D Models to Recreate Somalia’s Architectural History

One architecture student’s “bedroom project” has become a multimedia quest to understand the war-torn nation’s architectural history.