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December 31, 2017

When RCH Studios first began operations in 1985, the company was already stepping out of the mold by fusing traditional and landscape architecture; a rare and unconventional move at the time. Today the 5-partner multi-disciplinary design firm also of...

December 31, 2017

Justin Garrett Moore is the Executive Director of the New York City Public Design Commission. Appointed by Mayor de Blasio in 2016, his job is to oversee design in the public realm while advocating “for excellence and innovation.” Or, put simply, to...

December 31, 2017

What kind of futuristic visions does the term “3D printing” conjure up? Perhaps you think of plastic prototypes, small-scale models, or lifesaving prosthetics. If you’re a film nerd, maybe you remember the characters in Coraline, Kylo Ren’s red light...

December 31, 2017

Like the Ark, an arcology is a structure—often a megastructure—meant to be self-contained and self-sustaining, housing and nurturing all those who dwell within its walls. And, as with the Ark, the arcology is—potentially—civilization-saving, or so so...

December 31, 2017

In Slate, Colin Ellard writes about the psychology of “boring architecture” and the impact that bland structures, like the Whole Foods Market in the Bowery, can have on city residents. In his study, Ellard took participants to key areas throughout Ne...

December 31, 2017

Perhaps Haussmann did cut great swathes through the metropolis, but then where would James Joyce and Marcel Proust ask one another if they liked truffles? What would Camille Pissarro’s paintings of Paris look like without those grand boulevards? And...

December 31, 2017

City murals beautify metropolitan areas, tell community stories, and even encourage city growth. From densely populated urban areas to long stretches of highway, this art form can be a pleasant escape from bare landscapes and plain concrete walls. Bu...

December 31, 2017

Louise Josephine Bourgeois (1911–2010) was a French-American artist—a native of Paris, as well as long-time, bonafide Manhattanite—whose most notable work, bizarre as it is, remains a powerful and unique aesthetic window through which one can view bo...

December 31, 2017

Every major city has a rich and diverse history embedded in its streets through architecture and design. In New York, some of the most obvious staples of this can be seen in the Empire State Building (1930), the Chrysler Building (1928), Central Park...

December 31, 2017

When people think of New York City, they tend to imagine a modern, sprawling metropolis, and not – necessarily – a heavily fortified municipality, even though it arguably contains more military fortifications than any other major American city. As a...

December 31, 2017

Bowery, New York, New York |The Elevated at One Hundred and Tenth Street, New York, New York | Monday Washing, New York, New York | Park Row, New York, New York | Mulberry Street, New York, New York | Fifth Ave at Fifty-First Street, New York, New Yo...

December 31, 2017

The White House ("President's House") Washington, D.C. Site plan and principal story plan (1807). Architect: Latrobe, Benjamin Henry (1764 — 1820). | United States Capitol, Washington, D.C. Ground story - stairs, Supreme Court, vestibul...

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