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The Location of Justice: Structures

A Jail to End All Jails

Mayor de Blasio promises to close the Rikers Island jail complex in ten years. But what comes next? A look at the island’s history reveals clues — and cautions.

Multitasking Infrastructures: A Conversation with Sheila Kennedy and Veit Kugel

Sheila Kennedy and Veit Kugel discuss integrating natural systems, material innovation, and digital technology in projects that reflect a singular and synergistic approach to architecture, infrastructure, and civic space.

Fighting Fire on the Water

Two new elegant waterfront firehouses prompt a closer look at the Fire Department's Marine Operations unit, its unique architectural needs, cultural significance and essential function as part of the complex system of services that keeps the city safe.

A Field Guide to AC Units

Allison Carafa takes us on a fresh and cheerful journey through an under-explored but ubiquitous aspect of our urban environment: the window air conditioning unit.