The Green Shift
Climates are changing. Weather is changing. Cities are changing. Work is changing. Meet the people whose jobs put them on the frontlines of New York City’s response to the climate crisis.

In the face of exclusion and displacement, how do communities mobilize urban space for mental health and collective wellbeing?

Cleaning Up?
An exploration of what it means to live in, build on, and design for a city of pervasive toxicity.
Memory Loss
Exploring sites of public and private remembrance in New York City.
Digital Frictions
Examining the points of abrasion in the so-called smart city: where code meets concrete and where algorithms encounter forms of intelligence that aren’t artificial.
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The Location of Justice
An examination of the pervasive and often overlooked infrastructure of criminal justice in New York and the spaces that could serve a more just city.
As designers and urbanists engage with LGBTQ+ identity, what role do gender and sexuality play in the preservation, design, and management of urban space today?
In short audio features, we check in with urbanists of various stripes to hear what they are doing and how they are learning from the entangled crises of 2020.
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Shelf Life
The city’s archivists, curators, and collectors pull out some of their favorite things, revealing multiple metropolises, imagined, expired, and ever-present.
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Circulation Desk
A snapshot of the urbanist titles that turn our gears.
We’ve grown used to things being strange. And to things being very familiar. A series of short texts by architect and writer Neena Verma on the ins and outs of our whereabouts.
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People Movers
Community organizers give a window into the city they want and the work they’re doing to get there.
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Studio Reports
Student research and propositions from design studios with real-world implications.
Photographer Stanley Greenberg’s monthly dispatches trace the myriad paths of the city’s infrastructural networks in great breadth and close detail.
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Capturing Change
Photographers document the transformation of a Staten Island landfill into parkland. A long term collaboration with NYC Parks and the Freshkills Park Development Team.
The Architectural League’s long-term investigation into architectural typologies that have come to be seen as outdated, stagnant, or obsolete.
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Housing Brass Tacks
Reports from a series of informal conversations with scholars and experts engaging complicated topics in housing policy, hosted by The Architectural League.
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City of Cycling
A look at how pedal-pushing can redefine urban space. Guest-edited by SLO Architecture.
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Profiles in Public Service
Conversations with public servants illuminate the complex workings of city government and how local agencies shape the physical and lived experience of the city.
New Yorkers working outside the public eye to address the city’s daily needs and craft its future.
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Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts
What happens when cultural uses cluster and creative practitioners collaborate in the service of their neighborhoods.
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A Country of Cities
A series of opinion pieces in which Vishaan Chakrabarti casts key current events as rallying cries in his evolving argument for urban density, for a Country of Cities.
City of Systems
A suite of short videos intended to offer a poetic peek behind the scenes of some of the complex systems that enable New York City to function.