From the Archives: Harlem’s PS90

Forty years after its abandonment, a school building in Harlem goes residential. Twenty years ago, the building was part of a landmark Architectural League design study.

Project Neon

Kirsten Hively describes her effort to seek out, document and encourage appreciation of the best neon in New York and shares her photography of the city's glow.


A living city is always in Beta. Let’s Play. Carl Skelton discusses how an open source, multi-player environment for cities can expand the participatory toolset of engaged urban citizens.

Geologic City

Elizabeth Ellsworth and Jamie Kruse take us on a field trip through the geoarchitecture of New York City and explain the impact of deep geologic time on our built environment.

What is Service Design?

Our economy consists of both goods and services. Traditionally, design has focused on one, not the other. Laura Forlano talks to leading practitioners in this emerging field.

Underline: The Culver Viaduct

John McGill argues for the repurposing of seemingly inaccessible and underutilized infrastructural spaces and proposes an alternative vision for the Culver Viaduct renovation.


Janette Kim and Erik Carver discuss Underdome, an ambitious attempt to classify contending energy agendas and to examine their implications for public life.

Project: Interaction

Interaction designers Carmen Dukes and Katie Koch create a curriculum for high school students in which the city itself is the classroom.

Canal Nest Colony

FASLANYC chronicles the progression, from design experiment to multi-disciplinary operation, of a small group effort to celebrate and activate the ecology of the Gowanus Canal.

Studio Reports

Reimagining Towers-in-the-Park

Roy Strickland describes a student project that combines infill development, real estate financing and urban design to re-envision the housing projects of the Lower East Side.