Grady Clay was a prodigious observer of American cities and landscapes, dedicated to cutting through the overlay of conventional ideas that so often crowds out original thinking.
Much Unseen Is Also Here
A photographer drove 100,000 miles between 2011 and 2017, contributing a post-recession, post-election chapter to the mythic literature of the American road.
Cisco Trash Map
On railroads, oil rigs, uranium mines, 7-11 pizzas, Thelma and Louise, ruination, salvage, and the limits of the garbage gaze.
Cloud and Field
On the resurgence of “field guides” in a networked age. We’ve moved from birding to dronewatching, from natural history to dark ecology. But are we still looking through colonialist binoculars?
The midcentury master plan of Irvine, California, was not so much a radical alternative to suburban design as a boldly rationalized refinement.
Camp Code: How to Navigate a Refugee Settlement
What goes on inside a refugee camp? How is it organized? How does the temporary become permanent? A photo essay on a Palestinian camp in Lebanon.
Below the Sill Plate: New Orleans East after Katrina
An architect describes a multi-year effort to rebuild neighborhoods in post-Katrina New Orleans — and the limited results to date.
Jane Jacobs and the Death and Life of American Planning
An urban historian assesses the complex legacy of Jane Jacobs, including the rise of community activism and the marginalization of professional planning.
A Short History of American Urban Exceptionalism
American urban development has long pursued its own distinctive course — an urbanism without fixed limits, with endlessly extendable boundaries.
The Past Is Promenade: On the High Line
The latest addition to New York’s public realm is neither city nor park nor movement infrastructure but a hybrid creature formed from all three: a slow corridor.