New Urbanism

The Reincarnation of America’s Most Infamous Dead Mall

We don’t need ideology. We need ideas.

The Enduring City Is More Than Retail and Coffee Shops

The public realm must include our temples and sacred places, too.

The Big-Box Mirage

Long after paving over local land and small businesses, giants like Wal-Mart now want us to ‘re-imagine’ their footprint.

Beware the ‘Voodoo’ Urbanism of Elites

Too often a creative-class monoculture doesn’t trickle down to everyone else. Jane Jacobs knew that.

A Plea For Shade

Better architecture and planning can mitigate the rising costs needed for air conditioning.

Are E-Scooters a Menace or Needed Innovation?

As with any backlash against new technology, the costs miss their potentially enormous benefits.

At Least One Airport Terminal Is Worth Preserving—and Staying at Overnight

This New York City jet-age landmark has been saved with a creative hotel renovation.

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We Mortgaged Our Future With Overvalued Housing

The “Yes In My Backyard” movement aims to build more affordable homes.

Classical Architecture Makes Vibrant Streets—Not Nostalgic Disneylands

In Boston and beyond, well-designed neighborhoods help residents feel at home.

The Heartland’s Doughnuts of Despair

The inner suburbs of cities like Cleveland are dying as regional and state governments look the other way.

How Altoona Found a New Identity

In Pennsylvania’s declining heartland, a small city is focusing on quality of life.

Traditional Cities Are More Resilient Than ‘Modern’ Buildings

A different kind of design needs Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s idea of “antifragility”.

Why Baltimore Abandoned Johns Hopkins’ Humane Vision

A new account of the troubled city just outside the Beltway

America’s Industrial Gold Rush is Over

Most human settlements never transcend the economic conditions that gave rise to them.

A Tale of Two Fairfaxes

One in Virginia, one in California, yet both exude a main-street conservative ethos.

Why Rebuild a Gothic ‘Addition’ to Notre Dame?

Modernist architects want to replace the 1850s gothic flèche, proposing an ugly, incongruous spike.

How Le Corbusier’s American Dream Became a Nightmare

Traditional urbanism represents the cumulative wisdom of building the human habitat.