An Interview with David Burney
The former NYC Design and Construction Commissioner reflects on the urban design record of the Bloomberg years and the rise of the modern city-state.
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.
Building Hyperdensity and Civic Delight
Americans are conflicted about urban development: somehow we’ve demonized both sprawl and density. Here’s the case for the hyperdense city: prosperous, sustainable, delightful.
Unfinished New York
Preservation has evolved from a rarified special interest to an institution — an ethos — entrenched in our culture. But has it become too conservative, elitist and even racist?
Eat the City
The case for “civic agriculture” — for reconceptualizing cities as networks of agricultural zones, from parks to allotments.
Champion Trees and Urban Forests
Can urban forests save the planet? A review of The Man Who Planted Trees.