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.

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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Adapting Aging Architecture: Modern Plug-Ins for Beijing

Cold, dilapidated and lacking modern amenities like bathrooms, Beijing’s historic architecture in the Hutong districts becomes livable again with sleek ...

Capital Idea: Bridge to Elevated Park for Washington D.C.

A freeway bridge linking historically divided sides of Washington, D.C. on either side of the Anacostia River is set to become a vibrant, High-Line-style ...

Urban Subversion: 13 Radical Examples of Guerrilla Housing

Vacant lots, billboards, rooftops and even dumpsters are hacked into inhabitable spaces in these examples of often-illegal guerrilla housing. All manner of ...

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Aerial Urbanism: Hyper-Dense ‘Cloud City’ Redefines Skylines

A complex spanning in seemingly all directions, this sky-oriented, cloud-shaped, forward-thinking design has just won the Shenzhen Super City Competition in ...

Rebel Architecture: 6-Part Series on Global Guerilla Urbanism

In a series of six superb videos, Al Jazeera explores the gritty reality of architects and urban designers as activists in destinations from Vietnam and ...

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