Old Maps, New Tricks: Digital Archaeology in the 19th-Century City

Leah Meisterlin and Gergely Baics demonstrate how mining data embedded in historical maps is opening new seams in experimental urban research.

Bronx Contours: A Photo Essay

Topography structures life in the Bronx like nowhere else in the city. Take a look at how the built environment responds to the undulating terrain of the city's great north through the lens of photographer Kris Graves.

Exploring Northern Central Park: A History Told Through Rocks and Hills

Marie Warsh draws on recent archaeological discoveries to revisit the history of the northern end of Central Park. Touching on geology and topography, 19th century military strategy, and new readings of documentation of Central Park's creation, she reveals a more densely layered cultural landscape than is commonly understood.

Melding Public and Private: The Partnerships Behind Your Neighborhood Plaza

Laura Hansen explains how the Neighborhood Plaza Partnership supports the local non-profits that operate the city’s newest plazas and asks how much we should, and can, rely on private support for maintaining our public realm.

Unearthed: Alyssa Loorya on Urban Archaeology

Archaeologist Alyssa Loorya takes on the supposed tension between preservation and development, shares the particularities of urban archaeology, and tells the fascinating stories of some of her favorite sites and finds.

Studio Reports

Experimental Research Studio: Jamaica Bay

Catherine Seavitt presents the process of an experimental landscape architecture studio and a framework of adaptive design strategies that merge ecosystem restoration with infrastructures to protect communities in Jamaica Bay.

Borderlands: Traveling the Brooklyn-Queens Divide

Joseph Heathcott traces New York City's only major internal land boundary and draws out the social and spatial conditions of this largely invisible urban seam.