Design

Reclaiming Riga’s Soviet Architecture

One group is working with landlords and city officials to solidify the future of the Latvian capital’s suburban concrete relics.

Here Comes Amsterdam’s Lean, Green Community on an Artificial Island

A manmade island will soon hold hundreds of affordable homes with the lightest of possible carbon footprints.

Behold San Francisco's $2 Billion Bus Station

The Salesforce Transit Center, San Francisco’s new bus and (someday) high-speed rail terminal, has been billed as the Grand Central Station of the West. But it might just become the Bay Area’s answer to the High Line.

Vintage toy-box lid showing children playing with building cubes

How Kids Learn to Navigate the City (and the World), in Five Designs

Critic Alexandra Lange talks about the objects and places that represent a-ha moments in child-centered design.

Olmsted's drawing of a Staten Island farm house

The Olmsted Papers You Didn’t Know You Needed

The materials, including drafts of his writings, family letters and journals, correspondences with colleagues, and project proposals, piece together a unique glimpse into the landscape architect’s creative process.

How To Ruin a Historic Town, According to 1970s British News

A clip charting the redevelopment of the city of Aylesbury shows its age.

How to Build a Rust Belt Art Boom

Aaron Ott, the first-ever curator of public art at Buffalo’s Albright-Knox Art Gallery, talks about leading an uncommon cultural initiative across Western New York.

This picture shows a few children playing on the swings at a park.

How a New Park Fits Detroit’s Plan to Bring Its Neighborhoods Back

The reuse of over a dozen vacant lots in the Fitzgerald neighborhood illustrates the city’s holistic approach to redevelopment outside of downtown.

Illustration of a house with separate activities taking place in different rooms.

The Case for Rooms

It’s time to end the tyranny of open-concept interior design.

MapLab: America’s Rivaling Regions

A biweekly tour of the ever-expanding cartographic landscape.

Animals Need Infrastructure Too

Highways are dangerous barriers for all sorts of wildlife. Around the world, bridges and tunnels just for animals make it easier for them to migrate, mate, eat, and survive.

How the Other Half Eats

SNAP benefits add up to $1.86 per person, per meal. Here's what that looks like.

Children walk in single file between military-style tents.

Should Designers Try to Reform Immigrant Detention?

Some architects believe it’s their duty to try to improve conditions for immigrant detainees in the U.S., while others urge a total boycott of such work.

This picture shows the inside of Burlington Station, which now houses a local TV channel.

A Local TV Station’s Preservationist Side

Why KETV in Omaha moved in to the city’s beloved 120-year-old train station.

Elementary school teacher Sydney Scharer poses in front of her tiny home.

Why Arizona Is Building Tiny Homes for School Teachers

The state ranks last in the nation for elementary school teacher salaries. For one rural school district, building a tiny-home community for staffers is one way to address the issue.

Never (Baby) Trump

How do you make light of something that isn’t funny anymore?

A Community Restores Its Keith Haring Mural

Three decades after the beloved New York artist visited a school in Melbourne, the mural he made has finally been conserved after significant decay.

MapLab: The Map Is a Feedback Loop

A biweekly tour of the ever-expanding cartographic landscape.

What ‘Skyscraper’ Doesn’t Get About Skyscrapers

The Rock’s new movie should have gotten more thrills out of high-rise design, an engineer argues.

The Surprising Fortunes of a Metro Expansion

What urban archaeologists found underneath Amsterdam as workers dug out the new Noord/Zuidlijn line.

Seeing the Beauty in Ukraine’s Soviet Architecture

The authors of an upcoming book on the nation’s most threatened buildings have a dramatic short film that makes a case for preservation.