Happy Birthday, zoning! The codes may have changed over 101 years, but as Andrea Renner and Eric Goldwyn explain, when it comes to how New Yorkers use zoning to advance their own visions of a perfect city, much remains the same.
MdeAS Architects principal Dan Shannon walks through the market, regulatory, and cultural forces behind Midtown commercial redevelopment projects and their potential to transform aging assets into competitive buildings.
Stephen Rustow outlines the powerful, intertwined influence of zoning, finance, and building codes on urban form through their discrete histories, objectives, and languages.
Christine Gaspar of the Center for Urban Pedagogy walks us through the core concepts of New York City’s zoning code and describes the strategies the organization employs to break down its complexity.
Housing advocate Oksana Mironova investigates the planning policies and housing developments that have shaped the often-overlooked residential side of Coney Island and calls for investment in a neighborhood facing challenges of poverty, climate change, and affordability loss.
Yukie Ohta looks at the dramatic transformation of SoHo over the past 50 years, from a center for light manufacturing, to a desolate and dangerous wasteland, to one of the most affluent neighborhoods in New York.
Theo Games Petrohilos shares a darkly comic vision of an imagined future where the sale of air rights for Manhattan properties develops into economic hysteria.
A look back at the architectural, financial, and social histories of an iconic Brooklyn building, site of the Architectural League's 2012 Beaux Arts Ball.
A book about the Internet's physical infrastructure inspires a closer look at how fiber optic cables are woven — literally — into the city's fabric.
The CEO of the city’s first non-profit industrial developer discusses how his organization creates space for a new generation of urban manufacturing in New York City.
Nicole Salazar takes us on a photographic journey of Willets Point and sketches its history and the controversy over its redevelopment.
Seema Agnani’s work with South Asian immigrants on housing needs charts a course for legalizing basement apartments to create affordable housing.