Rob Walker
Human-Scale Intervention

How Rotten Apple’s human-scale design interventions use built-environment cast-offs to enhance the built environment

Rob Walker
Watch Where You Walk

Everybody is pro-walking these days. But here’s a project that reveals the value of stopping and looking.

Rob Walker
Infrastructure Field Trips

The Macro City conference in the Bay Area includes "field trips" to examine "overlooked networks of infrastructure that surrounds us," firsthand.

John Thackara
Cloud Commuting
Alexandra Lange
Not Afraid of Noise: Mexico City Stories
Alexandra Lange
Art On Campus

A review of the renovated Blaffer Art Museum and James Turrell's latest skyspace, "Twilight Epiphany."

Alexandra Lange
L.A. Loves Deborah Sussman

A Kickstarter for an upcming exhibition on the wotk of Deborah Sussman in Los Angeles.

Alexandra Lange
Where We Work

A Kickstarter for co-working space Makeshift Society points to the light, space and tools creative freelancers need to be productive.

Alexandra Lange
Rural Vacation | Urban Questions
Rob Walker
Looking Better, All The Time
Alexandra Lange
Every Little Thing

Cranbrook: A campus where the designers have thought of everything.

Alexandra Lange
The Fork and the World: Design 101

If you had to explain design to the uninitiated, where would you start?

Alexandra Lange
What It Costs (to Buy a Bench, to Extend a Curb)

Participatory budgeting lets communities put their own urban priorities in order.

Alexandra Lange
Instagramming Around Australia

Lessons from contemporary Australian architecture, plus what I saw on Instagram.

Alexandra Lange
Patterns of Houston

How do you critique the urbanism of Houston? Look for patterns.

Celebrate World Toilet Day

2.6 billion people don't have access to a toilet. For them poop can be poison.

John Thackara
From Autobahn to Bioregion

A review of the projects submitted to the Audi Urban Future Award.

Alexandra Lange
Having Fun at the Museum
Alexandra Lange
Art Matters to Architecture

In Indianapolis, a restored Milton Glaser mural allows us to see its Brutalist home as its architect intended: with color!

Alexandra Lange
The Shape of Lunch

"Lunch Hour NYC," a new exhibition at the New York Public Library, defines the midday meal as an urban invention.

Julia Novitch
Public Space and Citizenship: An Interview with Elihu Rubin

Public spaces can be charged politically because they enable citizens to gather, to represent themselves and to transmit messages.

Alexandra Lange
Against Kickstarter Urbanism
Alexandra Lange
Fixing South Street Seaport: Is New Architecture Enough?
Alexandra Lange
Carlo Scarpa, Quilter

Olivetti and Doges: How Carlo Scarpa updated the Venetian treasure chest.

Alexandra Lange
City of Shoes: Is Urbanism Scalable?

Can Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh scale his online shoe business into a city?

Alexandra Lange
Reassembling the American Dream
James Biber
Vestige(s) of Empire

Comparing the repurposing of two monuments to lost Empire: London's Commonwealth Institute and Berlin's Palast der Republik.

David Stairs
Demythologizing Design: Another View of "Design with the Other 90%: CITIES"

David Stairs reviews "Design with other 90%:Cities"

Phil Patton
Audi Urban Future Summit 2011

Report on one of the latest conferences to take on the global theme of the city

Alexandra Lange
Who Are We Competing For?

At the "Zoning the City" conference, planners insisted cities were in competition? But why are we so focused on the people who want to leave, rather than those who want to stay?

Alexandra Lange
Lessons from the High Line
Mark Lamster
Majority Report

Review of Design with the Other 90%: Cities

Alexandra Lange
Tell Me a Story, ‘Urbanized’
Alexandra Lange
What Makes Architecture Useful?
Alexandra Lange
Reading in Public

A new book club with an unusual topic: architecture and design.

Phil Patton
Boosting the Urban IQ

Summary of National Building Museum's "Intelligent Cities" symposium

Alexandra Lange
An Atlas of Possibility

The Institute for Urban Design's By the City/For the City project provokes crowd-sourced possibilities for New York's future.

Alexandra Lange
On GOOD: Why Are Car Seats So Poorly Designed?

If you want parents to use public transportation, first you have to fix the car seat.

Alexandra Lange
Bad Faith Towers

Atlantic Yards trades titanium dream for prefab reality.

Alexandra Lange
The Moms Aren’t Wrong
John Thackara
The Service Ecology of a City

Milan has approved a new Territorial Government Plan (Piano di Governo del Territorio) in which public services, and the way they are planned, are at the centre of the whole project.

Alexandra Lange
New City Reader: Sidewalk Sale
Maria Popova
CEOs for Cities Community Challenge: Robust Public Life

A CEOs for Cities conference held in Detroit in November 2010 sought to define and quantify the magnetic force of a metropolis.

John Thackara
Leave Nothing But Footsteps
William Drenttel, and Julie Lasky
Reasons Not to Be Pretty: Symposium on Design, Social Change and the “Museum”

In April 2010, 22 designers, historians, curators, educators and journalists met at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center in Italy to discuss the museum’s potential role in relation to design for social change. This is a report on their conversation.

Alexandra Lange
Archpaper Review: Our Cities Ourselves

Does one size fit all, even when it is oh-so-hot bikes and buses?

Alexandra Lange
Culture Shed: Where’s the Neighborhood?

offers a critique of the NEA grant for Culture Shed, the Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Rockwell Group design for a Kunsthalle with retractable roofs over at Hudson Yards.
Alexandra Lange
The Personality of Parks

Until Pier 6 at 
Brooklyn Bridge Park opened, my only experience of parks as a parent had been of neighborhood parks
Jane Margolies
Rising Currents

Report on "Rising Currents," an exhibition of New York City design solutions to the flooding predicted by climate change experts, which will be on view at the Museum of Modern Art, March 24–August 9, 2010.

Bradford McKee
New Grub Street

Interview with photorapher Jonas Bendiksen following the opening of his exhibition "The Places We Live."

Jeff Speck
New Words on the Block

Jeff Speck reviews the Street Design Manual of the New York City Department of Transportation.

Michael Bierut
When Design Gets in the Way

When it comes to fulfilling simple human desires, can design get in the way? A call for more incrementalism in design.

John Thackara
Cities, Design and Democracy: Conversation with Sunil Abraham in Cluster

John Thackara and Sunil Abraham sit down for an in-depth interview with Cluster Magazine.

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