cities

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…