Cities

Mining the city

In the coming decades, climate change and rapid urbanization will make it increasingly difficult for cities to meet their inhabitants’ basic needs. In the search for stable sources of critical…

Inequality and informality in New York

Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities, a newly opened exhibit at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, focuses on the complex relationship between urbanization and inequality. Over the 14-month…

Listening to the street

In the design field and beyond, there’s a growing recognition that physical infrastructure alone can’t prepare cities for the tremendous challenges they will face in the coming decades: climate change,…

The next vision of smart cities

Urban planner Anthony Townsend has spent years thinking about the relationship between cities and technology. I spoke to him about his book Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a…

City as gym

The Active Design movement seeks to improve public health through changes to the built environment. I talked with Reena Agarwal and Suzanne Nienaber of the New York-based nonprofit Center for Active Design about…

Energy and sustainability in Chicago

In September, Chicago became the ninth American city in recent years to pass energy use benchmarking legislation. The new ordinance holds the potential to dramatically reshape the city’s building stock. According…

Changing neighborhoods, transforming storefronts

The Lower East Side has become one of Manhattan’s trendiest neighborhoods in recent years. Bounded by a sprawling Chinatown and the significantly more expensive SoHo and East Village, the area…

The collaborative economy

We spoke to Maxime Leroy, director of recently released documentary Collaborative Cities, about his explorations of the sharing economy in the United States and Canada.