Lawless Metropolis: Kowloon Walled City, Then and Now
The demolished Kowloon Walled City in Hong Kong was once a teeming, crime-ridden 6.5-acre metropolis packed with 50,000 people; now it's a peaceful park.
Ruin Academy: Urban Lab in an Abandoned Building
An abandoned building in Taipei serves as an urban laboratory for architecture and design students to incorporate nature and transient structures into cities.
The Silent Valley: Landscapes Overtaken by Urbanization
Traditional paintings of serene Chinese scenery are, upon closer inspection, completely infested with factories, machinery and other man-made structures.
Car-Free City: China Builds Dense Metropolis from Scratch
Planned for a rural area outside Chengdu, 'Great City' will be entirely car-free, organized around central vertical housing with green spaces easily accessible.
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.
Utopian ‘Private City’ Envisioned as Crime-Free Oasis
A private city surrounded by white walls is envisioned as a crime-free paradise away from the realities of homicide-plagued Guatemala City. But is it realistic?
Your Text Here: Messages of Light Displayed on Buildings
An urban light art project in Detroit gave citizens the chance to communicate their thoughts and feelings in giant letters on the side of a downtown building.
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.
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.
Metropolitan Cityscapes: Maps Honor Favorite Places
These papercut city maps are more than just visual representations of cities; the designers got to know each locale intimately to capture its essence.