History / Preservation

In his latest essay on interpretation of the urban environment, Chuck Wolfe suggests that if we take away context clues cities become matrices -- with blank cells to complete -- where each of us personalizes how space meets time.
Yesterday   The Huffington Post
Faced with $95 million in necessary repairs just 32 years after its Michael Graves-designed administrative headquarters was opened, Portland officials are considering razing the nation's first major work of postmodern architecture.
Jan 8, 2014   Portland Architecture
As Chicago's population surged in the second decade of the 20th century, one dominant single-family housing type spread across the city. Over the next year the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association will celebrate these distinctive homes.
Jan 7, 2014   WBEZ
During the nightly blackouts designed to protect London from aerial attack during World War II, authorities used white paint as a cheap tool for making the city navigable in the darkness. Could London offer lessons for building resilient cities?
Jan 7, 2014   Gizmodo
Louise Bethune was a trailblazer in architecture, yet her burial place didn't even bear her name for over a century. Buffalo's industry heavyweights honored her with a memorial marker last month.
Jan 5, 2014   Fast Co. Design
Over twenty years in office, Mayor Thomas Menino had a considerable impact on Boston's built environment. For Robert Campbell, the Mayor's most substantial accomplishment was in recapturing "the places in between".
Jan 3, 2014   Boston Globe
For Americans growing up in the 1980s, the sight of a stand-alone restaurant with board-and-batten siding and a red-tile roof meant one thing: pizza ahead.
Jan 2, 2014   The Atlantic Cities
As we bid farewell to 2013, here are the Top 10 scandals that cast a negative light on some global cities this past year.
Dec 31, 2013   Future Cities
As Planetizen enters its 15th year, we're looking forward to bringing you another stimulating year of news, commentary, and professional development. Opinion
Dec 30, 2013   By Jonathan Nettler
Many of Poland's older, iconic Communist buildings require major renovations and are seen as unwelcome reminders of a bygone time. But many people see them as historic landmarks that merit preservation.
Dec 29, 2013   The Economist
Will 2013 be remembered as the year that Los Angeles embraced a new urban identity? Cultural, political, and planning and design-related events over the past year seem to suggest the city is experiencing "an urban reawakening".
Dec 21, 2013   Los Angeles Times