Art

April 12, 2011, 8am PDT
This essay from <em>Pop Matters</em> explores the connection between street art and urbanism.
Pop Matters
March 24, 2011, 10am PDT
Through a rule that allows landlords to financially benefit from allowing charities and non-profits to use their spaces, empty office buildings in the UK are being utilized by groups for a variety of projects, including an art exhibition.
This Big City
March 18, 2011, 9am PDT
In an effort to encourage thinking about the future of the city, a new group of urban planners/artists has created a series of posters depicting imagined urban developments in New Orleans and posted them around town.
Places
February 9, 2011, 10am PST
As the city of Los Angeles's budget faces deep cuts, money to pay for the upkeep of the city's iconic Watts Towers folk art installation has dried up. But a museum is stepping in to try to keep the Towers alive.
The New York Times
January 25, 2011, 1pm PST
Artist Tracy Snelling makes obsessively detailed miniature reconstructions of mundane landscapes like liquor stores, strip clubs, McDonalds and Walmarts.
Hi Fructose
January 19, 2011, 5am PST
An art competition in Salt Lake City has resulted in a new installation to be built in one of the city's vacant lots.
The Salt Lake Tribune
January 17, 2011, 2pm PST
An art gallery in New York City currently has an installation called Park Here, which is an indoor parkspace made up of fake grass, trees and sunlight.
The New York Times
January 15, 2011, 5am PST
<em>The Polis Blog</em> presents a huge list of "urban favorites" -- songs, movies, initiatives and places that explain or highlight the best of the world's urban areas.
The Polis Blog
January 13, 2011, 1pm PST
A new musical has been written about Robert Moses and his impact on New York City. Robert A. Caro, Moses' Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer, attends a rehearsal.
The New York Times
December 17, 2010, 2pm PST
Artist Lori Nix has created an installation she calls simply, "The City". It consists of detailed dioramas of crumbling public institutions like libraries, churches, and malls.
Fast Company
November 20, 2010, 5am PST
Two artists have teamed with a favela in Rio de Janeiro to use bright colors to re-frame the slum as a more vibrant area.
CNN
November 9, 2010, 6am PST
Aerial photographs by photographer Christoph Gielen turn sprawl into beautiful, abstracted images.
CNN
November 4, 2010, 6am PDT
103 artists form around the world have unveiled a massive collection of murals in New York City. But they're underground in abandoned subways stations, and you can't go see them.
The New York Times
October 13, 2010, 7am PDT
A group in Detroit has begun an effort to sell of one-inch parcels of land in the city for $1.
Boing Boing
September 21, 2010, 1pm PDT
Finnish architect Tuomas Toivonen has just released an album of urbanism- and architecture-themed rap songs.
City Of Sound
September 20, 2010, 9am PDT
Writing in <em>The New York Times</em>, Geoff Manaugh looks at Christoph Gielen's aerial photography of urban development and sprawl.
The New York Times
September 9, 2010, 12pm PDT
<em>Urban Omnibus</em> talks with Swoon, a Brooklyn-based street artist whose work is intended to engage constructed environments.
Urban Omnibus
Blog post
September 6, 2010, 9am PDT

It's already disappearing. The temporary city that forms during the annual Burning Man event is fading away, as the tens of thousands of people who traveled out to live in the desert of northwestern Nevada for the past week have filed out of the void and returned back to the rest of the world. The event's organizers and volunteers are still erasing the traces of the event, from demolishing structures to removing fencing to picking up trash. Within another week or so, the entire city will have disappeared.

It's an interesting way for a city to exist -- just a few weeks at a time, once a year. But it's been working for Burning Man and Black Rock City, the name of that temporary city that forms and disbands almost as soon as it comes to full life. On top of what's already a unique experiment in citymaking, the theme of this year's event was Metropolis, which spurred the tens of thousands of people and artists who make up the city to think a little more about how their "party in the desert" is actually a little city and community (the fourth largest city in Nevada during its run), and how it relates to their world beyond the desert.

Nate Berg
September 3, 2010, 1pm PDT
The annual arts festival Burning Man is underway in Northwestern Nevada. This year's theme of Metropolis highlights the event's city-like nature.
Next American City
August 27, 2010, 7am PDT
<em>Wired</em> presents a slideshow of photography exploring the booming Chinese city of Chongqing -- the fastest growing urban center in the world.
Wired