You (Still) Have to Pay for the Public Life
Half a century ago Charles Moore was a rising architect and Ivy League academic. He was also the first in the field to look seriously at Disneyland — and he liked what he saw.
Frederick Law Olmsted’s Campaign for Public Health
A forgotten but vital chapter in the career of America’s most illustrious landscape architect: Olmsted’s brief stint as head of the U.S. Sanitary Commission during the Civil War.
The Art of Public Service
A century ago Frank Pick worked to make the London Underground not just efficient but also aspirational — an environment that would add dignity and delight to the daily commute.
Who’s Your Data?
A city is not a BMW. You can’t drive it without knowing how it works.
The midcentury master plan of Irvine, California, was not so much a radical alternative to suburban design as a boldly rationalized refinement.
Public and Common(s)
A philosophical view of the terms public and commons, from the 20th-century treatises of Hannah Arendt and Jurgen Habermas to recent books by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri.