Archived Articles from Cities & Urbanism | Page 2
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 Camouflage: Ugly Public Buildings in Disguise
Scruffy 1970s public buildings like electricity substations virtually disappear into their environments when covered with photo prints and pixelated mosaics.
Incredible Shrinking Building: Top-Down Demolition in Style
A remarkably subtle and deferential structure-destroying process with many levels of conscientious thought behind it (not to mention a brilliant visual effect).
Penny Wise: 12 Cool Copper-Clad Buildings
Urban designers far and wide have warmed to copper's practical beauty, employing it to clad buildings of all sizes and why not: it makes perfect cents.
In The Doghouse Again: 13 Odd Animal-Shaped Buildings
Animal House reboot anyone? This unlucky group of 13 zoomorphic buildings make being sent to the doghouse (cathouse, etc.) a decidedly different experience.
Architecture for the Apocalypse: NYC as a Heritage Site
As the seas rise, New York City's future is in doubt. This proposal turns it into a heritage site with a large sand barrier and towering concrete wall.
Dystopian Dumpster Living: Trash Bins Turned Tiny Houses
German designer Phillip Stingl envisions a bleak future in which society has collapsed, and a growing population of elderly people live in dumpster houses.
Beyond Domes: 36 Photos of Burning Man Building Types
For one week a year, an entire built environment for tens of thousands of residents emerges out of the flat cracked-sand landscape ... then disappears again.
Bridge in Paris: Inflatable, Jumpable Urban Playground
This concept for an inflatable bridge over the river Seine in Paris turns an ordinary footbridge into an urban playground with three connected trampolines.
Snowflake-Shaped Ski Dome Over River is World's Largest
Skidome Denmark is a proposal for the Danish city of Randers, a six-armed indoor ski resort shaped like a snowflake that would be the world's largest if built.
2 Pay-to-Sit Projects: Creatively Monetizing Public Amenities
The privatization of public spaces is a contentious issue - suburban malls have turned many main streets into ghost towns. At the same time, there is gray area, too.