Joshua K. Leon

What We Really Mean When We Talk About Urban Crowding

Media images frequently present crowded public spaces as proof of overpopulation, evoking the Malthusian desire to limit finite resources to a privileged few. That's a problem.

Media images frequently present crowded public spaces as proof of overpopulation, evoking the Malthusian desire to limit finite resources to a privileged few. That’s a problem.

What Broadacre City Can Teach Us

Frank Lloyd Wright's agrarian fairytale offers some lessons, and plenty of warnings, to contemporary architects and planners.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s agrarian fairytale offers some lessons, and plenty of warnings, to contemporary architects and planners.

Who Really Benefits From Central Park?

Our contributor looks to Central Park to explore the tensions between public accessibility and socio-economic segregation in New York City.

Central Park is lauded as one of New York’s greatest urban achievements, but whom does it actually serve?

Two NYC Exhibits Tackle the Supertall—One Stumbles, One Soars

“Urban Fabric: Building New York's Garment District" explores fashion and architecture; "Towers and Skyscrapers: From Babel to Dubai" delves into the mythology of the form.

The number of supertall buildings has already trebled in this century. With so many more of them on the drawing boards, the visual culture of 21st century urbanity is very much a work in progress. To speculate about the significance of this surging architectural form is to trade in science fiction. That is why the New York Skyscraper Museum’s edifying new…