Design

Tate Modern Visitors Can Keep Looking Into Rich People’s Condos, Legally

The decision by the British High Court was an abrupt end to a heavily publicized stand-off between private wealth and a public art institution.

With Trains Like Schwebebahn, No Wonder Germans Love Public Transit

Infrastructure like this makes it clear why Germany continues to produce enthusiasm for public transit, generation after generation.

Capturing Black Bottom, a Detroit Neighborhood Lost to Urban Renewal

“Black Bottom Street View,” now exhibiting at the Detroit Public Library, thoughtfully displays old images of the historic African American neighborhood in its final days.

A surveillance balloon near the Texas-Mexico border, in Los Ebanos, Texas.

The Problem With a ‘Smart’ Border Wall

To resolve Trump’s impasse, many lawmakers have proposed boosting surveillance technology to create a virtual border wall. Is that more humane and effective?

A bronze pin of Boston City Hall

For Boston City Hall’s 50th Birthday, a Commemorative Pin

The city’s most polarizing building is now officially middle-aged and a couple of fans have reproduced a pin that was given out during its opening week celebrations in 1969.

Black-and-white photo of 1940s children walking down a path leading from an Art Deco school building.

How the Green New Deal Could Retrofit Suburbs

The original New Deal included a bold attempt to rethink suburbia. We can still learn from it.

Architect's rendering of a futuristic small building with petal-like concrete walls.

Is the Revolution of 3D-Printed Building Getting Closer?

3D printing was expected to transform architecture and construction, but uptake has been slow. Could that be changing?

Why Historic Preservation Needs a New Approach

With new tools and financing methods, preservationists could save endangered spaces without alienating those who should share our cause. Here’s how we can adapt.

A series of white, three-story apartment buildings surrounded by palm trees and a gate.

Build New Housing in Hong Kong Using This One, Weird Trick

Developers are profiting off of illegal land rights sales through the Small House Policy, a 1970s rule that lets villagers build small houses with few restrictions.

a photo of young kids living in an informal settlement outside Nairobi

How to Design Playgrounds for the World’s Most Vulnerable Kids

New UNICEF reports explore the ultimate design challenge: How to provide spaces to play and prosper for children living in urban poverty.

A construction crane in front of tall residential buildings in Seattle, with the port's cranes in the background.

No, Zoning Reform Isn’t Magic. But It’s Crucial.

The finding of a new study—that upzoning didn’t quickly increase development in areas of Chicago—shouldn’t make zoning reform any less of a priority.

a photo of a high school in Jamaica, Queens, which is an example of modern architecture in Queens

This Architecture Historian Wants You to Respect Queens

It’s time to look beyond Manhattan, according to architectural historian Frampton Tolbert. His new project documents the overlooked postwar buildings of Queens.

A collage of architectural scale figures, some jogging and some standing.

‘Scalies,’ the Extras in Architectural Drawings, Finally Get Their Due

What can the little scale figures in architectural renderings tell us about design and culture? Two architects compiled more than 1,000 of them to find out.

London’s Surprisingly Rich History of Transit Textile Design

London Transport Museum’s wonderfully nerdy archive commemorates an aspect of the city’s appearance that has long been both omnipresent and scarcely noticed.

A billboard advertising a new condominium tower stands in front of dilapidated houses.

Does Upzoning Boost the Housing Supply and Lower Prices? Maybe Not.

A new study of zoning changes in Chicago finds that they led to higher, not lower, local home prices, while having no discernible impact on local housing supply.

As Brazil Went, So Did Oscar Niemeyer

The architect’s ability to land big works in his home country before and after his exile speaks to Brazil’s enthusiasm for civic gigantism and Modernism.

An Old Louis Sullivan Bank Tower Becomes an Ambitious Hotel

A husband-and-wife historic restoration team in St. Louis has injected new life into a local landmark built by the “father of skyscrapers.”

A narrow Italian street flanked by four-story apartment buildings painted blue and pink.

Will ‘My Brilliant Friend’ Gentrify a Naples Neighborhood?

Residents of Rione Luzzatti never expected it to become a tourist destination. Then Elena Ferrante set her bestselling novels there.

Positive Tomorrows's new building to house its school that serves homeless children.

In Oklahoma City, a School Designed for Homeless Children

Positive Tomorrows’s new building will meet the unique needs of homeless students. Main request by kids without homes for playdates: a place to sit with friends.

A Priceless Archive of American Architecture Publishing

Meet George Smart, a Modernism fan now obsessed with assembling the largest open digital archive of 20th century U.S. architecture magazines.

People cross Corrientes Avenue in Buenos Aires at night, with the Obelisk in the background.

Buenos Aires's Waterfront 'Youth District' Stirs Debate

Argentina’s capital hopes to revitalize part of its riverfront, but critics say the plan is socially exclusive, too commercial, and environmentally risky.