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A Vision for Queens' Version of the High Line

The QueensWay would turn an abandoned stretch of Long Island Railroad track into the borough's newest park.
October 16, 2014
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Street Creeks: Restoring the Gowanus at Dwell on Design NY

Architect Ate Atema presented an innovative, aesthetically pleasing plan to divert raw sewage from New York City's waterways.
October 9, 2014
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Elevated 606 Park Will Transform Chicago

A decade in the making, an unused 2.7-mile rail line is set to become Chicago's great new park.
September 18, 2014
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Urban Design at Dwell on Design

Urban design, from zero-energy housing to micro-living, will be explored onstage during Dwell on Design in Los Angeles, taking place June 20-22. Click through the slideshow for what to expect.
June 16, 2014
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3-D Printed Canal House in Amsterdam

An in-progress 3-D printed house could impact the future of urban housing.
June 5, 2014

Chicagoisms: The City as Catalyst for Architectural Speculation

In an attempt to bring boldness back to Chicago, a new exhibit and book re-examines the city’s architectural legacy.
May 16, 2014
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Witness Half a Decade of Urban Change in Google Street View

Last week, Google Maps released a new feature to Street View, making it possible to cycle through archived versions of the 360 panoramas. In addition to hours of amusement, this new form of virtual time travel provides an unprecedented way to explore how quickly a city can change at the street level—buildings are built and razed, streets are reconfigured, and the power of a fresh coat of paint gets a jaunty demonstration. The change is most stark in cities like New York, Detroit, and Los Angeles that have had Street View since its launch in 2007, and have a full six years of maps to parse through. Click through the slideshow to see a selection of these urban transformations; then go forth and discover your own.
May 2, 2014
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Chicago Crowdsources a Skate Park

Skaters, bikers, and a park advocate are breaking new ground in Chicago's Grant Park.
March 21, 2014

New Exhibition: The Brits Who Built the Modern World

On February 13, 2014, the Royal Institute of British Architects inaugurated a new gallery in its central London headquarters with “The Brits Who Built the Modern World.” Drawing on a deep inventory of drawings, models, photographs, and film, the exhibition tells the story of how six influential British architects, all of whom were born within five years of one another in the 1930s, put their own unique stamp on modernism in the latter half of the 20th century.
February 19, 2014