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.

Blue Light Special: Colored Streetlamps Precede Decline in Crime

In the early 2000s, the city of Glasgow, Scotland, changed over to blue street lighting in an effort to improve the appearance of the city, but areas with the ...

World’s Tallest Tower: Dubai Superstructure by Santiago Calatrava

Edging out the record-holding Burj Khalifa by just a hair, the world’s tallest tower is set to rise into the Dubai skies by 2020 as the crown jewel of a new ...

Signal-Free Intersections: Future Streets for Self-Driving Cars

All of our automotive infrastructure is designed around the needs of human drivers, but in a world of driverless cars, a crossroads need not slow anyone down, ...

Urban Jungle: Dizzying Drone Photos of Hong Kong from Above

Hong Kong has inspired so many iconic images of urban density shot from the ground or horizontally across buildings, but seeing it from above via drone ...

Future NYC: 12 Design Proposals to Reshape the Big Apple

A half century or into the future, will New York City even still exist as it stands today, or will these fanciful and sometimes bizarre proposals get a chance ...

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Sunken Central Park: ‘Sidescraper’ Wraps Excavated Landscape

Conceived of as a hybrid, multi-functional work of landscape architecture, this award-winning design proposes digging down to the bedrock beneath Central Park ...

Ribbon of Light: Replacing LA’s Most Iconic Historical Bridge

Quite possibly the most filmed and photographed bridge in the world, the Sixth Street Viaduct, spanning the Los Angeles River, is a challenging icon to ...

Sky Slide: L.A. Tower Adds Exterior Glass Chute 1,000 Feet Up

A new amusement offering on the 70th floor of the highest skyscraper on the West Coast is stepping up the game, going beyond glass viewing platforms, swimming ...

Underline: 10-Mile Park to Trace Path of Elevated Rail in Miami

Following in the footsteps of the High Line (and Low Line) of New York City, the Underline project aims to take the underutilized space below Miami’s ...

Saving Face: ‘Ghost Facade’ Preservation Worse Than Demolition?

London is filled with grafted facades, nearly two-dimensional artifacts held in place while updated buildings are constructed behind them; many seem ...

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