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Zaha Hadid Architects' Giant Starfish-Shaped Airport Opens In Beijing

Zaha Hadid Architects' Giant Starfish-Shaped Airport Opens In Beijing

Architecture, Cities, Videos

Zaha Hadid Architects has completed Beijing Daxing International Airport, a five-pronged building that is one of the largest passenger terminals in the world. Designed by the late Zaha Hadid and current studio principal Patrik Schumacher, the 700,000-square-metre airport to serve Beijing has been designed to be as compact as possible.

How Public Housing Fails, And Why

How Public Housing Fails, And Why

Architecture, Cities, Politics

There was a time when public housing served a different purpose — that it served fairly well the people who lived in it, that it was safe and decent housing, and that it did help people as a sort of stepping stone. It was a different demographic that it was serving in that way.

The Beautiful Hidden Logic Of Cities

The Beautiful Hidden Logic Of Cities

Cities, Design

Driving around your city, you’re probably somewhat aware of Avenues and Boulevards and Streets and Roads and so on. However, it’s hard to get an overall view of how all these road designations knit together. By coloring them, we can suddenly see a new, stunning view of what we normally take for granted.

The Fall Of New York And The Urban Crisis Of Affluence

The Fall Of New York And The Urban Crisis Of Affluence

Cities, Long Reads

I have never seen what is going on now: the systematic, wholesale transformation of New York into a reserve of the obscenely wealthy and the barely here—a place increasingly devoid of the idiosyncrasy, the complexity, the opportunity, and the roiling excitement that make a city great.

Frank Lloyd Wright, Urban Visionary

Frank Lloyd Wright, Urban Visionary

Architecture, Cities

For all his criticisms, America’s most celebrated architect wasn’t intrinsically opposed to cities. Instead, Frank Lloyd Wright urged us to examine what they had become and recognize that none of their failures were inevitable.

The Law That’s Helping Fuel Delhi’s Deadly Air Pollution

The Law That’s Helping Fuel Delhi’s Deadly Air Pollution

Cities, Health, Nature, World

The World Health Organization reported last year that 11 of the 12 cities in the world with the most pollution from PM2.5 were in India. A policy to conserve water resources led to the rise of a major source of air pollution, making breathing Delhi’s air as bad as smoking 50 cigarettes.

How Advertising Conquered Urban Space

How Advertising Conquered Urban Space

Cities, Design, Media

In cities around the world, advertising is everywhere. We may try to shut it out, but it reflects who we are (or want to be) and connects us to the urban past. Local signs connect us to the past, to vernacular styles, to folklore. The best examples catch our eye as children and stay with us.

Bashir Sultani

Inspiration
Bashir Sultani
The New York City Subway Map As You’ve Never Seen It Before

The New York City Subway Map As You’ve Never Seen It Before

Cities, Design

In 1979, responding to complaints from riders that the subway map was difficult to use, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority hired the Manhattan design firm Michael Hertz and Associates to create a new map. The M.T.A. subway map is a record of how graphic design, politics and geography have shaped the city over the last 40 years.

Exploring Detroit's Largest Abandoned High School

Exploring Detroit's Largest Abandoned High School

Cities, Videos

This video explores one of the largest abandoned schools in Detroit, Cooley High School. At its peak, the school had over 3,400 students enrolled. At the center of the school is a beautiful auditorium with amazing architectural details, but unfortunately suffered a fire in 2017.

How Scientists Imagined And Built An Undersea Utopia For Humans

How Scientists Imagined And Built An Undersea Utopia For Humans

Architecture, Cities, History, Science

During the late 1960s many believed revolutionary social and political change was imminent, and Jacques Cousteau was no exception. Soon there would be “undersea parliaments and new nations,” he wrote; “poets, architects, and painters would be needed to give expression” to this “new world.”

The Case For Making Low-Tech 'Dumb' Cities Instead Of 'Smart' Ones

The Case For Making Low-Tech 'Dumb' Cities Instead Of 'Smart' Ones

Cities, Tech

There’s no concrete definition of a smart city, but high-tech versions promise to use cameras and sensors to monitor everyone and everything, from bins to bridges, and use the resulting data to help the city run smoothly. But what if we ditched the data and embraced ancient technology instead?

How ‘Landscape Urbanism’ Is Making Gentrification Look Like Fun

How ‘Landscape Urbanism’ Is Making Gentrification Look Like Fun

Architecture, Cities, Economics

The High Line and its imitators are examples of “landscape urbanism,” a growing design movement that places green space in collision with old infrastructure. Rehabilitation projects follow a familiar playbook, aestheticizing the labor of the past even as they support a gentrified future.

Why We Can’t Build Small Homes Anymore

Why We Can’t Build Small Homes Anymore

Architecture, Cities, Design

U.S. homes are roughly 600 to 800 feet larger than those of comparable highly industrialized countries. The American obsession with large houses—a matter of culture, policy, and economics—restricts smaller, more affordable options.

How Air Conditioning Created The Modern City

How Air Conditioning Created The Modern City

Cities, Economics, Nature

The shopping mall would have been inconceivable without air conditioning, as would the deep-plan and glass-walled office block, as would computer servers. The expansion of tract housing in postwar suburban America relied on affordable domestic air conditioning units.

Nikolay Schegolev

Inspiration
Nikolay Schegolev
Why Do Countries Build New Capital Cities?

Why Do Countries Build New Capital Cities?

Cities, Videos

It doesn’t seem obvious why a government will want to move its capital from a major city to a place where almost nobody lives but a couple of dozen countries have done it since 1950. In every case, the government of these countries gave a certain rationale for their decision.

The Suburbs Are Coming To A City Near You

The Suburbs Are Coming To A City Near You

Cities, Life

In some ways, living in a dense urban area has become much more pleasant for certain types of people — namely the affluent and those who prize proximity to the action above all else. Is a city still a city if urban living is a luxury good?

The Rise And Rise Of New York's Billionaire's Row

The Rise And Rise Of New York's Billionaire's Row

Architecture, Cities, Videos

With breath-taking views, luxurious interiors, endless amenities and eye-watering price tags, this new wave of properties are strictly for those with a 10-figure bank balance. But how did this area come to be? What sparked its growth in this particular district? How were planning controls addressed?

Smart Frames For Growing Plants In The City

Smart Frames For Growing Plants In The City

Cities, Design, Innovation

French company, Urban Canopee, has developed lightweight, adaptable and flexible frames, which serve as support for climbing plants — both in isolation or in groups — and to create a verdant canopy. The company hopes the easy-to-use frames will be used to grow plants on the roofs of buildings and other public spaces.

The City Left Behind By China's Nuclear Ambitions

The City Left Behind By China's Nuclear Ambitions

Cities, Photos, World

Li Yang grew up in what he thought was a boring town. It was called 404, like the error code, and sat a couple hours from the nearest city, in the sun-beaten Gobi Desert of western China. It was once part of a massive nuclear weapons base in the People’s Republic of China.

Michael Crichton

Inspiration
Michael Crichton
Dubai: Expectation vs Reality

Dubai: Expectation vs Reality

Cities, Videos, World

Dubai – perhaps the best-known city of the United Arab Emirates, with a reputation for attracting the glamorous and the wealthy. Less than 5% of its GDP comes from oil, but it essentially has made its success through diversifying into property real estate, aviation, trade, banking and finance. But what’s going on beneath the surface?

Why China Is Building The World’s Biggest City

Why China Is Building The World’s Biggest City

Cities, Videos, World

China plans to integrate all the cities in the Pearl River Delta (Hong Kong, Macau, Guangzhou) into one Greater Bay Area – a megacity 58% bigger than the entire Tokyo Metropolitan Area. It hopes to rival both Silicon Valley and Wall Street – at the same time, with an economy already the size of South Korea or Russia.

Skinny Home In Toronto As Prototype For Parking-Space Homes?

Skinny Home In Toronto As Prototype For Parking-Space Homes?

Architecture, Cities, Design, Videos

When Cyril Borovsky bought a 16-foot-wide strip of land in Toronto sandwiched between two bungalows, he knew the only way to fit more than one bedroom on the tiny footprint was to think cubically. Using a steel frame and performing much of the work himself- with just a boom lift and makeshift pulley-, he went up four floors.

How To Make An Attractive City

How To Make An Attractive City

Architecture, Cities, Videos

Cities are a big deal. We pretty much all have to live in them. We should try hard to get them right. So few cities are nice, very few out of many thousands are really beautiful; embarrassingly the more appealing ones tend to be old, which is weird because we’re mostly much better at making things now.

The Global Drive To Reclaim Routes For Cyclists & Pedestrians

The Global Drive To Reclaim Routes For Cyclists & Pedestrians

Architecture, Cities

In many places, car-curbing efforts have begun to gain traction, driven in part by citizen activism. Cities like Paris have proclaimed car-free days. There are also plans to oust private vehicles from major metropolitan areas and there have even been proposals to create entirely new car-free cities from scratch.

Will Upzoning Neighborhoods Make Homes More Affordable?

Will Upzoning Neighborhoods Make Homes More Affordable?

Cities, Economics, Long Reads

Housing affordability is a growing issue in America, and there’s a battle over how to fix it happening on blocks across the country. Zoning—the rules that govern how cities use their land—is on the front line. Cities and states across the country are proposing new upzoning laws to combat the housing crisis. Will they work?

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