Before the Next Storm

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, it's important to make changes in our infrastructure to reduce damage in future disasters.

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, it’s important to make changes in our infrastructure to reduce damage in future disasters.

In Atlanta, Transforming a Freeway Into a Cultural Greenway

The Atlanta Connector Transformation Project suggests how, through landscape design, lighting, and art, a freeway can be integrated into a larger community.

  Midtown section of the plan with building labels Freeways have sliced through the hearts of many communities, creating derelict wastelands that destroy neighborhoods and sever connections. Our cities have buried, covered, or dismantled the massive structures required for high-speed automobile infrastructure. With our virtual vacuum of public finance for such projects going forward, we need to ask: What’s the…

Q&A: P.D. Smith on the Development of Cities Around the World

We interview Peter D. Smith, the author of "City: A Guidebook for the Urban Age," on the trajectory of contemporary cities.

Reading Peter D. Smith’s latest volume, City: A Guidebook for the Urban Age, is akin to strolling through a contemporary city, wherein broad impressions are punctuated by specific and visceral encounters. The elements that make and shape cities and urban experiences, from the physical contours to the social interaction that takes place within their borders, are all explored in broad…

Q&A: Maurice Cox on New Orleans

Maurice Cox talks about his new job as Tulane School of Architecture's associate dean of community engagement and his new city of New Orleans.

About a month ago the Tulane School of Architecture announced that Maurice Cox had been appointed associate dean of community engagement. The title is an altogether apt one for Cox, who has spent almost two decades forging ties between design education, the political realm, and the public. Long associated with the architecture school at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville,…

New York City Needs Bike Laws Before Bike Lanes

As New York City prepares to unveil its bike-sharing plan, we must ask whether the laws governing the streets, and their enforcement, can keep bikers safe?

In June, 24-year-old Emma Blumstein was bicycling along Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn, in the bike lane, when a flatbed truck turned in front of her. She went under the wheels, and was killed. In May, Mireya Gomez, 50, was bicycling along Roosevelt Avenue in Queens when a car traveling in the same direction struck and killed her. In April, Mike…

The London Olympics Are Over. Now What?

The city has introduced concepts of temporality in its buildings, unlike previous Olympic hosts. But will they be enough?

Just as Danny Boyle’s cinematic representation of England’s transition from a pastoral, farming nation to the leaders of the industrial revolution, London’s East End has been going through a transition of its own in preparation for the Olympic Games. The next question that begs analysis, and dare I say it, the delightfully sarcastic judgment that so often begets British dialogue,…