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Design

It Takes a Village to Weather a Storm

In Sheepshead Bay, designing for resilience at a scale somewhere between the city and the single-family house.

Beyond Resilience

Nearly six years after Sandy flooded basements and uprooted trees, Red Hook Houses is still in recovery. But designers from KPF and OLIN see a future brighter than survival, when infrastructure combines with art and the landscape rises above the waterline.

The Location of Justice: Futures

Reentry: Start Here

People returning to city life after time in prison will soon be able to find help at some branch libraries. How can designers help librarians create life-saving connections?

The Location of Justice: Systems

Where Care Meets Confinement

For doctors trying to provide mental health care to people who are incarcerated or detained by the New York City Department of Corrections, city jails pose a challenge — and provide an opportunity.

Intersections: Behind Closed Doors

House Proud

As a generation of queer pioneers reaches old age, new models of housing and community space leverage design to meet their needs.

Housing Brass Tacks

What Can Architects Do?

In the thorny thicket of housing problems, from cost to supply to quality, what roles can architects play? Architects Susanne Schindler, Jared Della Valle, and Deborah Gans offer possibilities.

The Location of Justice: Structures

What Jail Can't Do

Frank Greene and Kenneth Ricci discuss the changing paradigms of half a century of justice architecture and what we should ask — and expect — from courts and jails.

City as Playground

Artist Julia Jacquette and writer James Trainor discuss Jacquette's graphic memoir, Playground of My Mind, digging into the sandbox of their memories and a critical chapter in the history of New York City's public spaces.

Typecast: Row House

How Many Row Houses Are There in New York City?

In the latest installment of our Typecast series, Neil Freeman counts and maps New York's row houses — all 217,000 of them.

The Rise and Fall of Manhattan's Density

The Five Thousand Pound Life

The Architectural League announces an ambitious initiative to raise our collective discussion of living sustainably to a higher register, imagining the systemic change needed to live well, and to live well within the carrying capacity of the planet.

A Country of Cities

Video: A Country of Cities

From 2009-2011, Vishaan Chakrabarti wrote a series of opinion pieces here on Urban Omnibus arguing that urban density can be the answer to many of the nation's most pressing contemporary issues. He has since expanded...

The Big Squeeze: Illustrating Micro-Unit Housing

Center for Urban Pedagogy teaching artist Chat Travieso works with high school students in Bushwick to simplify and illustrate the complexities of micro-unit housing.

Studio Reports

Future Bronx(es)

In the latest installment of their Crisis Fronts degree project, Michael Chen and Jason Lee ask students to use the specific urban challenges of the Bronx to investigate the intersection between public policy and speculative design.

Typecast: Towers in the Park

Typecast

Typecast is a long-term Architectural League study into architectural typologies that begins with a closer look at five "towers-in-the-park," one in each borough of New York City.

Experimental Landscapes: Alexander Felson on Ecology and Design

Urban ecologist Alexander Felson proposes a new kind of ecological practice, one that moves from analyzing nature to shaping it and embeds scientific experiments into the design process.

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.

Studio Reports

Studio Report: The Good Old Days

Daniel D'Oca shares student work that proposes creative ways to improve seniors' comfort, mobility, safety, and happiness to support aging in place.

Vacant Lots: Then and Now

In 1987, the League launched a design study to examine the potential of small-scale infill housing to contribute to the city’s affordable housing portfolio. We look back at what was proposed, and what was built instead.

From Waiting Rooms to Resource Hubs: Designing Change at the Department of Probation

Laura Kurgan describes an integrated, systemic design process for the largest alternative-to-incarceration program in the country.