Recent books explore the potential in underused and overdetermined spaces, from mid-century American city centers and suburban shopping malls to the current glut of vacant retail storefronts and offices.
A new guidebook locates residents’ struggles to make and remake New York City in the image of their own needs and desires.
Behind the Mask
Two scholars navigate the myths and abstractions attached to marginalized urban neighborhoods, bridging the distance between narratives imposed from outside and residents' experiences and spatial practices.
As New York reckons with a pandemic and police violence, truth can seem stranger than fiction. But a new work of urban fantasy bends the uncanny contours of crisis towards a vision of the city transformed through solidarity.
Traces Along the Edge
An artist and an architect collaborate to visualize the landscapes along New York City’s perimeter, depicting a city rarely seen or heard.
From Manhattan to the banks of the Yangtze River, photographers index both the ordinary and uncanny effects of urbanization.
The Truth About Trees
An artist and a historian talk trees: What they mean, and what it takes to get city-dwellers to see them clearly.
With so much of value under threat from rising seas and flooding rains, recent books reconsider our relation to the water’s edge.
Radicals and Real Estate
This is what democracy looks like: not only public squares, but office buildings. In the Lower East Side, the Peace Pentagon was the source point for four decades of resistance.
If These Walls Could Talk
Whither housing? Ask the houses. In four recent books, home is where the histories of housing policy and politics makes themselves known.