Design

The Woman Who Elevated Modern Poland’s Architecture

A new exhibit displays Jadwiga Grabowska-Hawrylak’s talent, which strove beyond the postwar standards of mass-production and prefabrication in her home country.

A New Plan to Correct a Historic Mistake in Pittsburgh

A Bjarke Ingels Group-led plan from 2015 has given way to a more “practical” design for the Lower Hill District. Concerns over true affordable housing remain.

A group of students talk as one tests a pedal-free bicycle they have built.

How an Ancestor of the Bicycle Relates to Climate Resilience

Architecture students in Buffalo built their own versions of the "laufmaschine," a proto-bike invented in response to a 19th-century environmental crisis.

Māori warriors in traditional dress perform the haka.

New Place Names Lift Māori Culture in New Zealand’s Capital

A new policy in Wellington aims to revitalize the indigenous Māori language. First up: giving new, non-colonial names to sites around town.

a rendering of the moon village with a view of Earth

Designing the First Full-Time Human Habitat on the Moon

SOM, in partnership with the ESA and MIT, wants to accommodate research and maybe even tourism on the moon.

The Many Lives of Notre-Dame

Far from being a single author’s definitive text, the beloved cathedral’s history is a palimpsest.

A photo of Ellicott City's Main Street

How Historic Ellicott City Plans to Survive the Next Flood

After catastrophic storms in 2016 and 2018, the Maryland mill town has five flood control plans. But it faces hard choices on how to avoid future disasters.

A tent-like pavilion with a colorful stained-glass design in a cemetery at dusk.

The New Art Galleries: Urban Cemeteries

With their long-dead inhabitants remembered only foggily, historic cemeteries like Mount Auburn and Green-Wood use art to connect to the living.

The facade of a casino in Atlantic City.

Photographing the Trumpian Urbanism of Atlantic City

Brian Rose’s new book uses the deeply troubled New Jersey city as a window into how a developer-turned-president operates.

When Tech Makes Food Insecurity Worse

Two UX designers are making art based on a shared frustration: Government tech ideas that don’t incorporate people into the process.

a photo of San Francisco tourists posing before the city's iconic skyline.

Cities Don’t Have Souls. Why Do We Battle For Them?

What do we mean when we say that the “soul of the city” is under threat? Often, it’s really about politics, nostalgia, and the fear of community change.

A photo of the Notre-Dame Cathedral fire in Paris.

Amid Notre-Dame’s Destruction, There’s Hope for Restoration

Flames consumed the roof and spire of the 13th-century cathedral in Paris. The good news: Gothic architecture is built to handle this kind of disaster.

a photo of Notre Dame cathedral burning

A Digital Map to Rebuilding Notre-Dame

Before his death, an American historian laser-scanned the Paris cathedral. Now his work could be the key to restoring the building after the devastating fire this week.

Mission 66 and the Transformation of the National Park Service

The post-New Deal strategy succeeded in bringing cherished public places into the modern era.

a photo of President Donald Trump, Melania Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Brigitte Macron during their visit to Mount Vernon in April 2018.

No Wonder Donald Trump Didn’t Like Mount Vernon

Why did George Washington’s house leave the current president so unimpressed? Maybe because this practical-minded mansion was made to convey humility.

The Hidden Horror of Hudson Yards Is How It Was Financed

Manhattan’s new luxury mega-project was partially bankrolled by an investor visa program called EB-5, which was meant to help poverty-stricken areas.

Design rendering of a high-tech floating city.

Floating Cities Aren’t the Answer to Climate Change

UN-Habitat is looking at high-tech urban islands as a potential survival fix for communities at risk from rising seas. This isn’t what resilience looks like.

A miniature suburban street at dusk.

The Secret History of the Suburbs

We all know the stereotypes: Suburbia is dull, conformist, and about “keeping up with the Joneses.” But what about the suburbs of utopians and renegades?

a photo of people waiting for the metro

A Zine That Captures the Many Faces of Washington, D.C.’s Metro Riders

Photographer Patrick Wright carried his camera on the city’s rapid transit system for four years, taking photos of over a thousand riders.

Can Paris’s Olympic Village Make for a Healthier Saint-Denis?

The project fits into the suburb’s plans for a more equitable future, but some are skeptical, as similar ambitions have not panned out at past games.

Rendering of the Fusion Arena in Philadelphia, designed by Populous.

How to Design an Esports Arena

An architect working on Philadelphia’s future esports arena explains the basics of designing for video-game competitions.