Archived Articles: Cities & Urbanism

From classic ideas of city construction to suburban sprawl and urban renewal, these articles cover everything from landscape and new urbanism to forms not yet fully defined - click through to see the cities of our past, present and future.

London Bridge: 12 Contenders Including ‘Flaming Mouth of Hades’

Some of the concepts submitted for the new Nine Elms to Pimlico pedestrian bridge in London are rather – well – pedestrian, while others are so ...

Commuter Freezeways: Bike Paths as Winter Ice Skating Corridors

Proposed by a landscape architect from Edmonton, Alberta, this 7-mile urban project may not be as far fetched as it first sounds – in many regards it is ...

The Under Line: Derelict London Tube Tunnels as Public Paths

Transforming unused sections of the London Underground,  this bold proposal envisions a network of subterranean paths for pedestrians and cyclists as well ...

London Approves Europe’s First City-Spanning Bike Superhighway

Catering to some of the 170,000 cyclists that ride across London every day, this segregated bicycle lane will stretch from west to east, pass through the heart ...

Desert Cities: Modular Nodal Network Idea for the Middle East

A combination of contemporary regionalism and sustainable urbanism, this design strategy proposed by an Italian architecture firm involves a series ...

Hut Above the Rest: Elevated Cabin for the Athens Skyline

Far from its typical location in the woods and other remote places, an archetypal cabin looms over the bustling city of Athens from its rooftop perch two ...

Holdout Houses: 10 Stubborn Structures That Won’t Make Way

Despite the emergence of highways, shopping malls, frighteningly deep pits and even moats around them, the tenacious owners of these older structures refused ...

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Parasitic City: Micro-Metropolis Attaches Itself to a Bridge

As the economic divide grows and affordable land becomes more scarce, local residents could re-take outlying spaces and even iconic local structures with ...

Lowline for NYC: World’s First Underground Park in Manhattan

Using fiber optics as “remote skylights” to pipe illumination down from the surface, this bold plan aims to transform a century-old trolley station ...

The 6th Borough: 9 River-Based Proposals for New York City

While the waterways connecting the five boroughs of New York City are already home to everything from food-producing barges to boats reclaimed as hotels, they ...

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