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New York City

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Lost in Transit

An artist acquires a collection of unclaimed rings gathered from New York City's subway system, instigating an unconventional search for their origins and values.

Digital Frictions

Where Code Meets Concrete

Introducing the series Digital Frictions. What happens when the “smart city” encounters other forms of urban intelligence?

Schools Apart, Together

When vastly different institutions are located in the same building, do students learn how to share, or how the city is profoundly unfair?

Organic Machines

Thousands of new rain gardens are soaking up stormwater across the city. As green infrastructure settles into the sidewalk, can we learn to love a sewer?

Stalking the Smart City

An artist and an artificial intelligence, trained on the data of 1,000 anonymous New Yorkers, follow a path forged by no one in particular.

In the Hudson's Image

For activists, scientists, and designers, images from the river's past hold the key to imagining its future.

Reflections on a Rising Hudson

Two hundred years of environmental change have meant both destruction and conservation of the most interesting river in America.

People Movers

For a Level Field

For an equal shot at competitive sports in New York City public high schools, students and teachers fight to untangle the knot of race and space.

The Truth About Trees

An artist and a historian talk trees: What they mean, and what it takes to get city-dwellers to see them clearly.

Offsetted: After Green Infrastructure

What’s lost when the value of city trees is reduced to the “environmental services” they provide?

Seeding Stability

To secure New York City’s pipeline for local food, treat produce like tap water: Protect the source.

The New Public Water

Drinking water is all around us, but just out of reach. Can simple tweaks to the city’s emergency infrastructure radically expand access to this precious resource?

People Movers

Building Consensus

Buildings are responsible for two thirds of greenhouse gas emissions in New York City. Can tenants, landlords, and environmentalists finally get together to make them more efficient?

Pipeline Territories

With natural gas dependency on the rise, thousands of miles of pipe connect New York City to a vast and dangerous geography of extraction.

Country of Tenants

Questions of ownership, affordability, and political representation converge in current struggles over rent regulation.

Buried Grudges

From deadly explosions to silent climate warming emissions, the contemporary troubles of the city's gas infrastructure have roots in the tumult surrounding its installation more than a century ago.

Bright Megaphone

With simple phrases beamed in light, the Illuminator Collective appropriates buildings' exteriors to reveal the forces at work inside.

Our Fair City

50 years after the passage of a landmark law, how will New York City assess the fairness of its housing?

Moving Meat

Factory-farmed food fills most plates and stocks most supermarkets in New York City. But upstate, a scrappy network fights to build an alternative infrastructure to deliver better steaks and sausages.

Gas Flows Below

Paint-scribbled sigils mark the spots where pipes bear natural gas — more now than ever — to stove tops and turbines. But what does this trend mean for public safety and climate change?