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Urban Planning

  1. climate change
    As Jakarta Sinks, Indonesia Announces Location of New Capital CityThe world’s fourth-most populous nation announced Monday that it would relocate its capital to a site on the island of Borneo.
  2. cityscape
    OMA Adds a Dose of Delirium to the New MuseumPrince Street will now dead-end into a plaza formed by the new wing.
  3. cityscape
    Cozy Streetscapes and Big Data: Google’s Reimagining of TorontoThe public-corporate partnership on a huge scale.
  4. cityscape
    This Is the Prettiest Block in New York, And It’s Just Been Perfectly RestoredStation Square, renovated and camera-ready.
  5. urban planning
    Why New York Can’t Have Nice ThingsIt costs three times more to build a subway station here than in London or Paris. What if we could change that?
  6. cityscape
    The De Blasio Climate Plan Is Big, Ambitious, and Very VagueBut it does make clear what a huge job it will be to keep the ocean out of lower Manhattan.
  7. proposals
    My New Plan to Climate-Proof Lower ManhattanOver the coming years, we will spend up to $10 billion to extend the downtown waterfront as much as 500 feet into the East River.
  8. the city politic
    Even Our Dog Parks Show America Is an Unequal Playing FieldAll dogs may go to heaven, but lower-income canine lovers have found that not every dog gets to enjoy a ritzy outdoor space.
  9. cityscape
    A Built-From-Scratch Neighborhood in Washington That Doesn’t Feel PrefabThe Wharf doesn’t gaslight us into pretending it’s something it isn’t.
  10. cityscape
    The High Line Has Become a Tunnel Through Glass TowersAnd the views now belong to a few very rich neighbors.
  11. cityscape
    If You Think Hudson Yards Is Big, Wait Till You See What’s Coming to SunnysideThe future of Queens lies over the rail yards.
  12. cityscape
    Will the AT&T Building Ever Really Work? A Look at the (Revised) RenovationA first look at the revised renovation plan.
  13. global tech
    Good ‘Smart Cities’ Actually Need People to Live in ThemThis is a surprisingly difficult thing for urban developers to do.
  14. cityscape
    Why New York City Should Welcome Electric Scooters on Its StreetsHow can anyone detest these things? They are simple, cheap, and slightly goofy. Best of all, they could help us get rid of cars.
  15. urban planning
    A Year Has Passed Since the Grenfell Tower Fire. It Could Happen Again Anytime.This was murder by negligent bureaucracy. Preventing the next one begins with stronger regulation.
  16. urban planning
    Nashville Is Supposed to Be the Model Walkable 21st-Century City. Not Quite.A walkable downtown that’s still pretty car-dependent.
  17. urban planning
    The Bright Future of Citi BikeAfter five years, the system is nimble and popular, and costs the taxpayer nothing — and still has the power to transform the city.
  18. the city
    The New Ferry Fleet Will Be Delightful, and Is Also a Huge MistakeSix hundred million dollars is way too much for such a tiny number of riders.
  19. the city
    Superhuman City: A Walk Through Hudson YardsHudson Yards, a mega-neighborhood built from scratch, comes into view.
  20. architecture
    This Time, a Much More Promising Attempt to Fix the FrickA plan that looks far subtler and less invasive than its predecessors.
  21. the city
    What New York Should Learn From the Park Slope Crash That Killed Two ChildrenMost of these not-really-accidental events are preventable by steps more powerful than telling people to “be careful.”
  22. architecture
    How Can It Take 15 Years and $32 Million to Build a Neighborhood Library?We’re getting better public buildings, but not without a big downside.
  23. urban planning
    Why You Should Be in Favor of Congestion Pricing in New YorkYes, it’s annoying to be taxed for something that always appeared to be free. Get over it.
  24. urban planning
    The Death of a SkyscraperWhat does it mean for New York if a Wall Street bank knocks down a historic building to harvest some tax incentives?
  25. The Megamall–Hotel–Condo–Concert Hall That Ate New York CityTime Warner Center and the West Side it made.
  26. urban planning
    The Regional Plan Association Would Like to Close the Subways All NightAnd add glass partitions and gates to keep people from falling onto the tracks.
  27. architecture
    Casting a Skeptical Eye on the AT&T Building RenovationRipping off a lot of the granite skin is not the answer to the problems afflicting 550 Madison Avenue.
  28. infrastructure
    Bill de Blasio, New York’s Putterer-in-ChiefA mayor who contents himself with piling up small achievements instead of making sweeping change.
  29. architecture
    New Plans for the Domino Sugar Complex, RevealedA first look at Vishaan Chakrabarti’s plans for the former Domino Sugar factory in Williamsburg.
  30. The Views (Real and Virtual) From Cornell TechRoosevelt Island’s new campus looks out at the city and beyond.
  31. A Basic Device Can Prevent a Barcelona-Style Attack. Why Not Use It More?Bollards, strategically deployed, can foil terrorist techniques.
  32. This New York City Housing Project Works. What’s Different About Ocean Bay?This complex in the Rockaways was rebuilt and is clean, well-maintained, and safe.
  33. the city
    How an Overlooked Urban Design Feature Helped Stop the Times Square DriverIt’s time to start thinking more aggressively about protecting people on foot in cities.
  34. Are American Cities in Crisis?In his new book, longtime urban optimist Richard Florida appears worried.
  35. urban planning
    Trump Tower, Fifth Avenue, and the Militarization of Urban Public SpaceTrump’s election has turned his stretch of Fifth into the urban equivalent of the security line at JFK.
  36. cityscape
    To Honor Jane Jacobs’s Vision, We Need More Planning, Not LessA pair of new books reminds us to look at her streetscape with clear eyes.
  37. cityscape
    The Urban Designer Who Brought Whimsy to London Is Turning His Eye to New YorkThomas Heatherwick is the Willy Wonka of Hudson Yards.
  38. When Will New York City Sink?A city in climate-change denial.
  39. Researchers at MIT Are Using Lego Blocks to Plan CitiesThese aren’t your ordinary Lego blocks.
  40. the urbanist
    8 Creative Ways Cities Are Combating Rising TemperaturesFrom street spritzes in Japan to man-made wind in the Middle East.
  41. Can Downtown Brooklyn Become Walkable?Brooklyn Strand, a new de Blasio development plan, aims to connect patchy greenspace into a walkable urban utopia — if it ever gets built.
  42. city hall
    De Blasio’s Affordable-Housing Plan Is His Obamacare: Imperfect But MonumentalAn ambitious, difficult scheme to help people who really need it.
  43. Why the Brooklyn-Queens Streetcar Is the Folly We NeedA skeptic gets (partly) won over by a new proposal.
  44. urban planning
    Gowanus Canal Is Getting a ‘Sponge Park’ to Make It Slightly Less Toxic It will at least help block some new contaminants from flowing into the canal when it rains.
  45. urban planning
    Heel-Friendly Sidewalk Grates Will Save Shoes, LivesMaking New York a more walkable city for people who walk in heels.
  46. hack the city
    Welcome to the Age of Shadowless Skyscrapers New building designs cast soft, glare-free pools of light instead of patches of darkness.
  47. Exclusive: Chakrabarti Leaves SHoP, Sets Up ShopPremier urbanist and architect goes solo.
  48. urban planning
    Hunters Point South Should Be the New Gold Standard for Affordable HousingHow do we get more like that?
  49. urban planning
    How to Solve NYC’s Rude-Cyclist ProblemPublic shaming is tempting. But there might be a better answer.
  50. urban planning
    Is NYC Doing Enough to Prepare for Rising Seas?What our urban future might look like, whether or not the climate predictions prove true.
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