Author: Andrew Blum

The Active Edge

Designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Brooklyn Bridge Park seems destined to become New York’s third great urban landscape.

From the Ashes

A photographic exhibition on the centennial of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake shows a city determined to rebuild.

The Peace Maker

As he works on the landscape at the de Young museum in San Francisco, observers wonder: can Walter Hood bridge the divide between public space and in-your-face architecture?

Project: Play

At the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Hank Koning and Julie Eizenberg weren’t afraid to make a mess.

Civic Duties

San Francisco’s Public Architecture forges a model for fitting pro bono services into a firm’s regular practice.

Solar Power Goes Urban at S.F.’s Moscone Center

Over the last few months, the concrete-colored roof of the Moscone Convention Center in downtown San Francisco has turned completely black, blanketed by 30,000 square feet of photovoltaic (PV) panels. The building—which is owned by the City and County of…

San Francisco’s (Public) Space Cadets

The Department of Space and Land Reclamation-West (DSLR-West) is not quite a San Francisco city agency in the conventional sense, but that fact didn’t stop its members from working overtime Oct. 2-5 to re-imagine the Bay City’s geography. From its…

Change Is Good

Whether he’s shaking up tired office furnishings or pushing a radical design theory called Massive Change, Bruce Mau is unafraid to tangle with the status quo.

The Anti-Big Dig

Two Toronto architects reimagine urbanism’s bête noir—the blighted space beneath an elevated highway.

Sound Barrier

A musical art piece approaches the delicate subject of suicide prevention with an affirmation of life.

The Next Wave

Aboard a new firm called Lolah, an unlikely crew of traditional boat builders and high-end designers finds itself riding high on the sometimes choppy waters of modern furniture design.