urban design

What Alphabet Did Right in Toronto That Amazon Got Wrong in New York

In 2017, two of the world’s biggest tech titans pitched ambitious urban developments in two of North America’s biggest cities. Today, only one of them is still in the running.

What Alphabet Did Right in Toronto That Amazon Got Wrong in New York

In 2017, two of the world’s biggest tech titans pitched ambitious urban developments in two of North America’s biggest cities. Today, only one of them is still in the running.
The Potential of Green Urban Planning for Mental Health

The Potential of Green Urban Planning for Mental Health

There is no single solution to the world-wide epidemic of poor mental health; addressing its root causes—like poverty-triggered stress and social isolation—and choosing effective treatment for
The home garage is the design template for many start-up offices

The home garage is the design template for many start-up offices

There's a downside to erecting self-enclosed corporate fortresses.
Report: Saudi Prince's Plan for Flying Taxi Robot City With 'Giant Artificial Moon' May Be Unrealistic

Report: Saudi Prince's Plan for Flying Taxi Robot City With 'Giant Artificial Moon' May Be Unrealistic

Sounds like notorious human rights abuser Saudi Arabia’s plan to build a massive new city of the future on the border with Egypt and Jordan is going just swell: According to a report this week in the
A Bus Station Awning by Day, Solar Powered Lighting Element at Night

A Bus Station Awning by Day, Solar Powered Lighting Element at Night

A elf-sufficient bus station in The Netherlands harnesses solar energy during the day to light up the awning by night.

Watch: How traffic light programming helps manage congestion

From Practical Engineering: Traffic management in dense urban areas is an extremely complex problem with a host of conflicting goals and challenges. One of the most fundamental of those challenges
Photography That Turns Architecture into Abstract Art.
Sidewalk Labs Wants to Remake Toronto With Flexible Streets

Sidewalk Labs Wants to Remake Toronto With Flexible Streets

Google's sister company intends to rethink how cities work, and that means adding some flexibility to how their public spaces are designed.
The Futuristic Skyscrapers of 1923 Were Supposed to Solve Traffic, But Had a Notable Lack of Dwayne Johnsons

The Futuristic Skyscrapers of 1923 Were Supposed to Solve Traffic, But Had a Notable Lack of Dwayne Johnsons

We’re still waiting on our flying cars. But back in 1923, the magazine Science and Invention assured readers they were just around the corner. And to top it off, the buildings of tomorrow would be
The Futuristic Skyscrapers of 1923 Were Supposed to Solve Traffic, But Had a Notable Lack of Dwayne Johnsons

The Futuristic Skyscrapers of 1923 Were Supposed to Solve Traffic, But Had a Notable Lack of Dwayne Johnsons

We’re still waiting on our flying cars. But back in 1923, the magazine Science and Invention assured readers they were just around the corner. And to top it off, the buildings of tomorrow would be
Urban Bloom Project [Shanghai]

Urban Bloom Project [Shanghai]

The collaboration between AIM Architecture and URBAN MATTERS, ‘Urban Bloom Project’ is an experimental project putting space and activities above infrastructure.(...) Read More about Urban Bloom

Can Cities Make Us Better Citizens?

Justin McGuirk writes on the urbanist Richard Sennett’s new book, “Building and Dwelling: Ethics for the City,” which holds that “encounters with resistance” are crucial to learning any craft, even
A New Campaign Wants to Fight Hostile Urban Design With Instagram

A New Campaign Wants to Fight Hostile Urban Design With Instagram

If you’ve even set foot in a big city, it’s almost definitely happened to you. Your feet are aching and you want to take a seat for just five minutes—maybe check your phone or finish off your coffee.

A Floating House to Resist the Floods of Climate Change

Emily Anthes explores amphibious architecture, which seeks simple, low-cost ways for buildings to withstand flooding—an increasing danger due to climate change.
Lyft Wants to Fix Traffic Problems by Reducing Car Lanes

Lyft Wants to Fix Traffic Problems by Reducing Car Lanes

Lyft's redesigned city streets would make way for more autonomous vehicles.
Lyft Wants to Fix Traffic Problems by Reducing Car Lanes

Lyft Wants to Fix Traffic Problems by Reducing Car Lanes

Lyft's redesigned city streets would make way for more autonomous vehicles.
Heatherwick’s ‘Hanging Gardens of Babylon’ Sets Chinese Social Media Atwitter

Heatherwick’s ‘Hanging Gardens of Babylon’ Sets Chinese Social Media Atwitter

They're calling it Shanghai's 'Hanging Gardens of Babylon.'