A futuristic version of New York City, with plants growing neatly on top of modern skycrapers.

Friday Eye Candy: 20 AI-Generated Cityscapes

AI-generated images are creating new landscapes and cityscapes, capable of inspiring awe or fear.

March 17, 2023 - Chris Steins via Medium

San Jose BART Station Plan

Social Media Critics Roast Plans for Downtown San Jose BART Station

Critics panned new renderings for the 28th Street/Little Portugal station on the planned BART extension into San Jose.

May 23, 2021 - The Mercury News

Streetcar Extension Concept

Streetcar Essential to Neighborhood Revitalization Plans in Milwaukee

The city of Milwaukee has renderings to illustrate its ambitions for transit oriented development surrounding the streetcar extension into Bronzeville and Walker's Point.

May 27, 2018 - Urban Milwaukee

A Skyline-Changing Pair of Towers Proposed in Portland

A "once-in-a-generation" redevelopment plan, called for in Portland's Central City 2035 Plan, has inspired big thinking from architects and planners.

February 20, 2018 - The Architect's Newspaper

Seattle Skyline from Kerry Park

Friday Eye Candy: The Seattle Skyline of the Near Future

A series of renderings by a Seattle architect shows the recently completed high-rises, along with under construction, proposed, and rumored projects. Seattle is changing, quickly.

January 26, 2018 - The Urbanist

Bay Bridge Boardwalk

Former Bay Bridge Piers Offer a New Approach to the Water

"Four piers from the old eastern span of the Bay Bridge will live on as a public boardwalk and vista point in Oakland and on Yerba Buena Island," reports Erin Baldassari.

January 26, 2018 - The Mercury News


Friday Funny: An Artist Makes Climate Change 'Look Awesome'

This kind of satire burns.

July 28, 2017 - Clickhole

Trump Sign

When the Level of the Architecture Discussion Resembles the Level of the Political Discussion

Fancy renderings of fanciful ideas might make for "internet catnip," but they don't push the built environment toward healthier and more prosperous outcomes. Where have all the good ideas gone?

June 15, 2017 - The Architect's Newspaper

Star Wars

Friday Eye Candy: Renderings for the New Star Wars Theme Park

Fans of Disney theme parks and fans of Star Wars had a big week.

February 10, 2017 - The Architect's Newspaper


How Futuristic Renderings Fail Future Cities

Pushing back on a version of futurism that imagines cities as a collection of iconic structures devoid of people and interactions.

July 9, 2015 - Project For Public Spaces

Transit Rendering

Architectural Renderings Depict Only the 'Wired and Young'

John King shares his thoughts on modern renderings. In too many drawings a hipster cult of youth is normalized, and it threatens to paint regular folks and true nonconformists out of the picture.

March 24, 2015 - San Francisco Chronicle

Friday Funny: Critics Skewer High-Rise-with-a-Mouth in San Francisco

Kriston Capps shares the creative work of a couple of arm-chair architecture critics who took to Photoshop to express their opinions about the Snøhetta-designed tower proposed for One Van Ness in San Francisco.

January 9, 2015 - CityLab

Friday Eye Candy: New Renderings for the Atlanta BeltLine's Westside Trail

Atlanta's BeltLine is one of the country's most exciting public space projects, and residents have even more reason for excitement after released a fresh batch of renderings for the forthcoming expansion of the Westside Trail.

July 18, 2014 - Curbed Atlanta

"Ghost Buildings" Help Stakeholders See the Shape of Things to Come

An Oxford city councillor would like to bring a Swiss system of erecting "ghost building" profiles to the UK for the first time to help residents and officials understand the scale of proposed projects before granting permits.

January 27, 2014 - The Guardian

Rendering an Argument: How Illustrations Shape Development Debates

Elizabeth A. Harris looks at how architectural renderings are used to sway opinion on development projects. Such tools aren't unique to our digital age, but have a much longer pedigree.

August 27, 2013 - The New York Times

The Architectural Image: Who's Fooling Whom?

The architectural image is the currency of contemporary architecture. It's the means by which projects are envisioned, sold, and judged. But is the quest for the perfect image harming Architecture?

June 8, 2013 - Arch Daily

The Timeless Value of Visuals to Planning

Throughout the history of planning, compelling visuals have been essential to communicating the concepts established in "our most influential plans," says Howard Blackson. That tradition continues in New Urban placemaking endeavors.

March 4, 2013 - PlaceShakers

The Secrets Behind the Architectural Illustrator's Sleight of Hand

Call it "manipulation" or "visioning," but any way you look at it, illustrations of proposed projects have an immense impact on whether they get funded, approved, and built. Tristin Hopper looks at the "toolbox of tricks" employed by illustrators.

November 12, 2012 - National Post

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Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Planning for Universal Design

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