Return of the city-state
Nation-states came late to history, and there’s plenty of evidence to suggest they won’t make it to the end of the century
When we think of urban public space in terms of competing rights, we create a battleground. Is there a better way to share?
Work imitates life
The utopian workplace is here, complete with roof gardens, therapists and time to nap. Can the employee ever escape?
Streets with no game
Boring cityscapes increase sadness, addiction and disease-related stress. Is urban design a matter of public health?
Homes for the homeless
San Francisco’s homeless are harangued and despised while conservative Utah has a radically humane approach
The end of walking
In Orwellian fashion, Americans have been stripped of the right to walk, challenging their humanity, freedom and health
It might be pleasing to dream of arcologies, mega-cities, and space colonies – but no one can design the perfect human community
Bed bugs crawl under our covers, suck our blood and disappear, leaving us on a razor’s edge between reality and delusion