Design

Barack Obama hugs Rahm Emanuel as Michelle Obama looks on.

After Rahm, What Comes Next for the Obama Library?

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s decision to step down may give critics of the library plan more time and room to negotiate.

An iceberg-like museum building on a city waterfront.

Scotland Tries for the Bilbao Effect at the New V&A Dundee

A sparkling new museum on the waterfront opens with high hopes of putting an underexposed city on the map. Will it succeed?

Three people study at a long table in a library hall.

Worry Less About Crumbling Roads, More About Crumbling Libraries

America’s social infrastructure is falling apart, and it’s hurting democracy.

Portrait of a bearded man at a building site.

After Maria, an ‘Earthship’ Rises in Puerto Rico

In western Puerto Rico, families and volunteers are building a low-tech, resilient haven out of earth, tires, and trash.

Life in East New York’s Sprawling Transit Hub

Much of Broadway Junction’s character derives from its impressive size, maze-like layout, relative isolation, and a design that contains little regard for conventional beauty.

Mexico City’s $150 Million Rebrand Faces Growing Pains

Last week, incoming mayor Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo announced a competition to redesign the city’s young logo. The backlash has been swift.

A large adventure playground with towers and slides.

A Short Guide to Tulsa’s New $465 Million Park

If Volcanoville and Charlie’s Water Mountain aren’t enough for you, what about a boating pond and a skate park?

A row of homes under the Montreal sun.

Why Is the Homebuilding Industry Stuck in the 1940s?

Embrace pre-fabricated, adaptable homes! Growing inequity, out-of-reach housing prices, and the speed of innovation in energy efficiency and technology demand it.

Soldiers outside a collapsed building in Mexico City on September 20, 2017.

Mexico City’s Architects of Destruction

On the first anniversary of the Mexico City earthquake, an investigation explores how engineers, builders, and politicians failed to follow building codes—with deadly results.

How Boston Got Its ‘T’

Designers Peter Chermayeff and Tom Geismar talk about how they gave the MBTA an enduring makeover.

Mapping Skopje’s Modernism

An earthquake hit the city in July 1963, killing over 1,000 people and leaving 200,000 homeless. The inventive, vernacular-influenced designs behind the rebuild are worth celebrating.

A Fifties-style diner with blue booths and chairs and pink walls.

Why a ‘Memory Town’ Is Coming to Your Local Strip Mall

Weeks after opening near San Diego, a model town for treating dementia is set to be replicated around the U.S.

Nuclear Waste scars the landscape outside the Midvale Smelter in Utah.

Photographing America’s Toxic Wastelands

David Hanson’s work from the 1980s shows industrial damage to the American landscape that may never heal.

The Bodega Signmakers of New York

How these curbside canvases came to be, according to the men who make them.

Construction site of Athletes' Village for Tokyo 2020 Olympic games.

What Will It Take to Make Buildings Carbon Neutral?

Last month, 19 cities signed a declaration to make all new buildings carbon neutral by 2030. So what happens next?

MapLab: To Track a Hurricane

A biweekly tour of the ever-expanding cartographic landscape.

A palm tree accentuates a large, square void in the middle of a tall building.

The Architects Who Made Miami ‘Magic’

No one has expressed Miami’s glamour, boldness, and precarious beauty quite like Arquitectonica.

St. Louis: 2068

A historian from the future reminds an audience of city leaders about the past that haunts them.

How Smart Should a City Be? Toronto Is Finding Out

A data-driven “neighborhood of the future” masterminded by a Google corporate sibling, the Quayside project could be a milestone in digital-age city-building. But after a year of scandal in Silicon Valley, questions about privacy and security remain.

A Second Life for Berlin’s Plattenbau

The city is looking to the ubiquitous building type from its Communist past to help solve a housing crunch.