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Singapore Shows What Serious Urban Farming Looks Like

In a city-state that imports 90% of its food, rooftop gardens are a matter of national food security.

The Era of the Wood Skyscraper Is Arriving

Sprouting in our concrete jungles, high-rises built of wood are pointing the way to a greener form of construction.

The Tiny-House Village That’s Changing Lives

Agape Village is a place where people find community, structure, stability — and a path to permanent housing.

Instead of Eviction, Landlords and Tenants Talk It Out

In Philadelphia, face-to-face mediated chats help both parties get what they need.

Edmonton Is Making Its Alleyways a Great Place to Live

By squeezing in more housing, the city is giving new life to spaces that were once for throwing trash and parking cars.

5 Ways to Decongest a City (Without Making People Work from Home)

The Bay Area is walking back a proposal that would have forced residents to work remotely.

How Oakland Got Real About Equitable Urban Planning

When the city closed streets to traffic during Covid, it revealed a fix for designs that cater to white and moneyed interests.

What a City-Sized Sharing Economy Looks Like

How Canadian cities and First Nations territories discovered the catalytic power of collaboration.

Cooperative Housing Is Redefining ‘Home’ for People with Disabilities

By sharing everything from services to accessibility renovations, co-housing strikes a balance between autonomy and affordability.

Cincinnati Tenants Are Building Equity With Each Rent Payment

Why should homeowners get all the perks? How a different type of rental model puts equity back in the pockets of tenants.

How Europe Engineered Its E-Bike Boom

Millions of Europeans now commute by e-bike, a mobility revolution carefully cultivated by governments and employers.

The San Francisco Housing Policy That’s Stopping Displacement

In the city’s Mission District, renters are collectively buying their buildings before they get priced out.

Edmonton’s New Parking Rule Is an Urban Planner’s Dream

For the first time, a major Canadian city won’t require space for cars on any property.

The Perks of Roommates With a 50-Year Age Difference

Intergenerational homesharing has taken off. The pandemic has complicated the calculus, but some say it’s more vital than ever.

Socially Distanced Architecture That Brings People Together

When correctly designed, housing that gives people personal space can make them feel closer.

These Streets May Stay Open Forever

Hundreds of cities have handed over their streets to pedestrians and cyclists during the pandemic. Some of them plan to keep it that way.

Japan’s ‘Disaster Parks’ Help Explain Its Coronavirus Response

Benches that become stoves and manholes hiding emergency toilets reflect the survival instincts of a country that has learned to live with peril.

Hong Kong’s Subway Was Built for This

A profit-making enterprise with a mandate to serve the people, the city’s transit system is uniquely designed to weather a crisis.

But Would You Live There?

In Singapore, housing is affordable, diverse and impeccably maintained.

100 Years of Urban Housing Success

As cities around the world confront an affordability crisis, a few have spent a century perfecting the art of subsidized housing for the masses.

Making It Rain

Is rainwater capture the new solar panel? How drought-stricken cities are capitalizing on a building solution so simple, it’s almost like it’s right above our heads.

Free the Transit System!

No, seriously. Like, actually make it free. A rust belt guide to increasing ridership.

Spain’s Happy Little Carless City

Pontevedra, once choked with cars, is a laboratory for how smaller cities can implement a few simple tricks to reduce driving dramatically.

Cars in Cities: How’s That Working Out?

They’re dangerous, destructive, polluting, expensive, inefficient and inequitable—not to mention a pain in the ass. Now cars are being chased off city streets. That’s progress.

A Republican Suburb Designed for Cyclists

A deep-red town in Indiana has a bicycling network that would make Boulder blush. Their secret? Forget the politics and treat bikes more like cars.

Can Flexible Pricing be Fair?

Opponents say fees for urban services hit poor people hardest. But the data show that, implemented right, dynamic pricing can be a tool for equity.

Less Parking, More City

Until recently, Mexico City was building more parking than housing. Now new reforms are pushing the parking aside and returning the pavement to the people.

Putting Parks over Pavement

Urban neighborhoods that were severed decades ago by massive highways are finally being sewn back together by public spaces designed to reconnect and heal.