Stephen Mallon: Reframing the Machine

Photographer Stephen Mallon talks about the surreal beauty of engineering and how photography can provoke contemplation of industry and our natural environment — and their unexpected convergences.

City of Systems

City of Systems: Traffic Signal

In the first of a new video series about complex urban systems, we take a closer look at traffic signals citywide and visit the Traffic Management Center in Long Island City.

Coast Guard Sector New York

In a city of islands, who makes sure our waterways are safe and working? Cdr. Linda Sturgis and Lt. Cdr. Ed Munoz shed light on what it takes to manage and protect one of our most important assets.

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.

The Staten Island Bluebelt: Storm Sewers, Wetlands, Waterways

Dana Gumb explains how the City has engineered Staten Island's wetlands and waterways to enhance their natural ability to convey, store and filter stormwater.

Stanley Greenberg: City as Organism, Only Some of it Visible

Photographer Stanley Greenberg talks to us about hidden systems, the photographer’s role in inspiring transformation, and issues of access, security and the public's right to know.

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.

Foodprint City

Nicola Twilley recently asked designers, farmers, health officials, activists and CEOs in NYC and Toronto to discuss how we feed our cities. Find out what she’s learned.

Urban Topographies: Cuts & Patches

Linda Pollak investigates mysterious carvings in the sidewalks of Lower Manhattan and finds that they have much to teach us about the ways natural forces determine urban form.

Heather L. Johnson: Ever-circulating Fluids and Continuously Moving Parts

In the third of a series of interviews with artists, Heather L. Johnson talks about how complex urban infrastructure systems inspire her explorations of movement and space.