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.

Mountain-Shaped Residences with Walkable Green Rooftops

Beyond any inherent beauty or formal references to surrounding mountains, there is a more profound proposition in this series of structures about the way we ...

City vs. Suburb: Walking One Mile in Streets or Culs-de-sac

A tale of two neighborhoods, these graphics (and their hybrid) stunningly illustrate how much further you can get on foot when you take a walk through an ...

Facing Destruction: Entire City to Be Relocated 2 Miles Away

No hoax, it is happening  - 20,000 occupants of Kiruna, Sweden, are being forced to pull up stakes and relocate their entire urban center to avoid having it ...

Crowdsourced City: 14 Citizen-Directed Urban Projects

When urban planners and developers want to know what businesses local residents would like in their neighborhoods, where to put new bike lanes, or specific ...

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5 Preservation Puzzles: Famous Architecture Facing Threats

This year alone we have learned that a Frank Lloyd Wright house must be moved 1,000 miles to protect it from floodwater, a Le Corbusier chapel has been ...

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Algorithmic Architecture: 14 Complex Math-Based Structures

Mathematics are more integral to architecture than ever before, and as the methods of designing structures grow more complex, so do the calculations. As these ...

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Deserted Parisian Metro Stops as Underground Pools & More

The myriad abandoned subway stations of Paris are full of hidden potential – and one current candidate for mayor is working with architects to show the ...

Civic Secrets: Urban Patterns Revealed in Street-Side Snow

Ingenious and contagious, the idea is spreading: after it snows, document where cars do not go, then use that to understand where sidewalks and other public ...

Juxtapositions: Luxury Skyscrapers in Seas of Blue Shanties

In some cities the slums run vertical while the rich build mansions on the precious ground, but in Mumbai, India, high-rise housing is considered premium real ...

Clever Counterfeit: Vacant Shops Pretend to be High-End

There’s something a little off about the highly recognizable logos splashed across this retail complex in the Chinese city of Wuxi: beside a round green ...

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