The (Still) Dreary Deadlock of Public Housing
Decades ago Catherine Bauer argued passionately that governments must ensure that all citizens are well housed — a call to action more vital than ever as our shelter crisis deepens.
The Modern Urbanism of Cook's Camden
The council housing designed 50 years ago for a progressive London borough remains a potent symbol of the achievements of postwar social democracy.
Rexford Tugwell and the Case for Big Urbanism
New York City’s first planning commissioner lost a bigger battle against Robert Moses than the fight Jane Jacobs won.
Remembering Emmett Till
The ruins of a grocery store and the nostalgic restoration of a gas station reveal the enduring racism beneath the surface of historical markers.
Design and the Green New Deal
If landscape architects want to remake the world, we can start by remaking our discipline.
Privatizing the Public City
A walk across downtown Oakland reveals the city’s lopsided boom.
The Accidental Planners
The Berlin activists who staged a protest at a vacant government building didn’t imagine they’d end up leading a €140 million redevelopment project.
For decades a working-class neighborhood in Philadelphia has struggled to repair the damages inflicted by postwar urban renewal projects.
Let’s hear it for the neighborhood hardware store. Here, amidst the nuts and bolts, we cultivate the potential to order things, places, communities, politics, and values — we might even say, to build and repair worlds.
Churches and States
The rebuilding of Notre Dame is provoking controversy, both political and architectural. The 19th-century reconstruction of San Paolo fuori le mura offers remarkably suggestive parallels that might inform the current debates.
Happy Furniture in the Eames Era
What does the filmmaking of Charles and Ray Eames tell us about happiness in postwar America — and in our own age of informatic abundance?