Signal Space

Michael Chen investigates the physical, spatial and technological significance of the infrastructure of mobile communication networks.

Beyond Flyover Urbanism: Learning from São Paulo

Thaddeus Pawlowski reflects on his participation in a recent professional urban design exchange between São Paulo and New York.

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City of Systems: Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

In our second video on complex urban systems, we consider the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge as both an icon of civil engineering and a catalyst for systemic urban change.

From Trucks to Tugs: Short Sea Shipping

Carter Craft and Christina Sun explain how the use of short-distance, waterborne freight transport can improve the health, efficiency and landscape of New York City.

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.

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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.