All our bodies and environments are already data — both public and proprietary. So how can we marshal whatever remains of our public sphere to take up these critical issues? How can we respond individually and collectively to the regime of quantitative rationalization?
After a disaster, survivors are forced to commit. Do they double down on their old lives? Or cut their losses and make a change?
Largely forgotten today, Morris Milgram was a pioneer of multiracial suburban housing. His legacy in the fight for fair housing in America deserves to be remembered.
Self-driving cars have sparked a "billion dollar war over maps," but the cars are the most boring thing about it. How do machine intelligences read and write the world?
A visit to Spaceport America, where the coming of the Second Space Age is already history.
Hong Kong is relentlessly vertical, a city of towers and skyways, elevators and ladder streets, built on a mountainside. These photos capture the verticality of the city.
How Indigenous communities fought back against anti-environment measures — and won.
At this very moment, as you are reading this article, 90 highly trained US Air Force Officers are on alert across a network of Minuteman III Launch Control Centers.
Construction barricades are structures built for a clear purpose, without any pretensions of “design,” below the radar of codes and regulations. Yet they follow discernible conventions, often exhibiting an intuitive sense of symmetry, hierarchy, layering, and rhythm that makes them more appealing than many structures that are intentionally designed.
Why not make buildings today as they once were made? This is actually a really good, really radical question.
The idea that violence leaves an invisible trace on the land has captivated artists and writers for centuries. Irish photographer Dara McGrath’s "Project Cleansweep" continues that tradition.
In a region at once feared and exoticized, we have been witnessing for more than a generation the devastation of old centers and the rise of new ones.
On the radical origins — and mundane deployment — of the urban skyway.
Hudson Yards, the world’s most ambitious “smart city” project, is here. Should we worry that New York City is becoming an experimental lab?
As much attention as we give to the trials of the officers who are charged with killing Freddie Gray, we should give to a decision that implicates 10,000 construction jobs and billions of dollars of infrastructure investment in Baltimore that were eliminated in a single day by a single decision made by a single person.
A modern settlement house movement is brewing in Texas. Can a nonprofit group with a budget larger than most public agencies revive the immigrant dream?
To understand racial inequality in America, start with housing. In Memphis, the nation’s poorest major city, the segregationist roots go deep.
A low-tech visit to Mexico City’s high-tech urban surveillance center.
What does the career of the shape-shifting David Bowie tell us about the nature of change in an era that’s lost faith in progress?
The 276 Boundary Monuments along the US-Mexico border recall a time when the countries were separated by dignified stone sentinels rather than walls, sensors, and cameras.