Design

Atrium of modernist office park.

A New Urbanist Developer Gives Saarinen a Reboot

A suburban megacampus for corporate giant Bell Labs makes way for a more diverse second life.

A green roof in Springfield, Ill.

Can We Make Green Roofs More Biodiverse?

A study of decades-old German green roofs found that they don’t support a wide range of animal and plant life. But researchers and designers are trying to change that.

MapLab: Airports In Abstraction

A biweekly tour of the ever-expanding cartographic landscape.

Mel Chin, standing with his work  Sea to See, two large glass blue globes.

Mel Chin's Look at Destruction and Hope

The artist’s new show at the Queens Museum manages to put a spotlight on community chaos and create seductive objects out of it.

Out of a National Tragedy, a Housing Solution

New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller used the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. to help create a superagency that would transform the state’s cities and suburbs. It didn’t last long.

The skyline of an edge city

Return to Edge City

It was one of the most talked-about urbanist books, and ideas, a generation ago. What ever happened to Joel Garreau’s concept of the “edge city”?

Houses are seen in a suburb located north of Toronto in Vaughan, Canada.

Boomburbs: The Rapid Rise of Toronto's Northern Suburbs

Not so long ago, the Vaughan and Markham communities were rural areas. Now, their tremendous growth is making them part of the Torontonian “edgeless city.”

A Tale of Two Beantowns

Houston is creeping on Chicago's population, pennants, and now, public art. But Chicago has at least one thing Houston still lacks.

A rendering of Sweetwater, Florida's Eighth Street, reimagined as a tree-lined boulevard.

Don't Just Rebuild the Collapsed Pedestrian Bridge in Miami

Instead, a pair of local street planners propose redesigning the street below.

A resident of Resurrection City sits in his shelter.

The Protest Town That Embodied MLK's Final Dream

Weeks after Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, thousands of demonstrators came to D.C. to create Resurrection City, a shantytown on the National Mall built to demand government action on poverty.

Tourists walk on raised platforms during a period of seasonal high water in Venice in February 2015.

Will a Huge New Flood Barrier Save Venice?

Finally, construction is finishing on the delayed barrier to protect the city from high tides. But how well will it actually work?

Lessons From the Kerner Report

Half a century later, what has America learned from it?

Turning a Busy Street Into a Work of Art in Santiago

In Chile’s capital, artists occupied a temporarily closed street to create a bright pedestrian promenade. But its future is uncertain.

A child draws as part of a therapy program designed to help kids deal with trauma.

The Spaces That Can Ease Childhood Trauma

Children’s Advocacy Centers make sure kids only have to tell their story of abuse once.

MapLab: The High Stakes of Census 2020

A biweekly tour of the ever-expanding cartographic landscape.

Lessons From Europe's Densest Neighborhoods

Examine the densest areas in each country and you’ll find some striking trends: Many were built in the same era for the same reasons, but their current popularity is a far cry from where they began.

Six different garbage bins

Britain's Beautiful Garbage Bins

The wide range of designs U.K. municipalities use for their ubiquitous plastic receptacles are getting their due, thanks to Harry Trimble.

Yamasaki's Regret

The architect became progressively self-critical over the spectacular failure of Pruitt-Igoe, the St. Louis housing project he designed. The time is right to reevaluate his work and its place in the history of 20th-century architecture.

Man on bridge

A Brexit Bridge Too Far

Boris Johnson’s recent proposal to build a span between the U.K. and France recalls a long history of ambitious construction fantasies with uninspiring origins.

Majora Carter speaking at the Milken Institute Global Conference in 2010

What Counts as 'Real' City Planning?

The traditional canon of urban planning excludes people and practices that could greatly benefit it—and society. That needs to change.