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.

City Lab: World’s Largest Urban Simulator Spans 26 Square Miles

It will be a brand-new, from-scratch American city like any other, with urban, suburban, exurban and rural zones dotted with houses, malls, power plants, ...

BIG Plans to Turn 4 London Power Plant Chimneys into Tesla Coils

Danish firm BIG Architects has a feasible strategy for converting four iconic smokestacks in the center of London into a series of gigantic pedestrian-powered ...

‘Death Ray’ Skyscraper Stands Accused of Blowing People Over

Already infamous for its curved facade that ignited fires in adjacent buildings and melted nearby cars basking in its reflected sunlight, the Walkie Talkie ...

Traffic Chop: 8 Creative Stencils for Dedicated Traffic Lanes

Seems everyone wants their own dedicated traffic lane these days... and it seems they're getting them! Is white line fever taking over your neighborhood?

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Raised Runways: Airplane Paths Lifted Above Downtown Streets

Airports take up vast amounts of valuable real estate in and around urban areas, but what if we could get to and from planes faster, make takeoffs and landings ...

Tiny in Tokyo: Ultra-Narrow House Slotted into an Alley

At just six feet wide, this incredibly narrow residence inserted into an alley in dense urban Tokyo is the latest example of Japanese architects thinking way ...

Architecturally Alive: 16 Transforming & Kinetic Buildings

Will the cities of tomorrow be filled with intelligent kinetic architecture that moves and transforms of its own accord, as if it has a life of its own? The ...

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Curvaceous Skyscraper: Beyoncé Inspires High-Rise Down Under

Architects in Melbourne cite the cloth-clad dancers in the music video for Ghost by singer, songwriter and performer Beyoncé as the source of this ...

Hilltop Village: Mini Neighborhood Tops a Green-Walled Store

Fittingly enough for a city that’s all about sprawl, this hilltop village concept for Los Angeles combines residential and retail functions in a way that ...

Subterranean Solar: $100K Raised for Daylit Underground Park

With two weeks left to go in its crowdfunding campaign, the Lowline has already raised over $100,000 from over 1,000 backers, promising to turn an old trolley ...

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