April 5, 2010, 2pm PDT
Witold Rybczynski says that people have lost their faith in city-driven urban planning, and that the private marketplace is driving the changes we need today.
March 10, 2010, 7am PST
Slate continues its series on wayfinding with the little-known story of the symbolic conflicts among the U.S., the former Soviet Union and Japan over how to direct people in a time of crisis.
December 7, 2009, 7am PST
This slideshow from <em>Slate</em> explores some of the strangest maps in history.
December 3, 2009, 1pm PST
Witold Rybczynski profiles Christopher Alexander, author of A Pattern Language, one of the most influential books in urban planning. Alexander recently won the Vincent Scully prize from the National Building Museum.
November 25, 2009, 2pm PST
Because of the abundance of social interaction and diverse clientele, subways have long been the sites of sociological experiments to understand human behavior.
November 15, 2009, 9am PST
Over the past 15 years, more than 76,000 pedestrians have been killed in the U.S. Some say preventing a significant portion of these deaths is as simple as enforcing jaywalking laws. Not so, argues Tom Vanderbilt, author of <em>Traffic</em>.
October 30, 2009, 12pm PDT
How can a Porsche be better for the environment than a Prius? If you use transit to commute, and only take the hot rod out on the weekends. Slate writer Joe Eaton sold his Volvo for a combination of transit and fun.
June 15, 2009, 10am PDT
Photographer Camilo Jose Vergara's pictures document Harlem's journey from a "rundown version of Paris" in the 1970s to the "global Harlem" of luxury condos and corporate franchises [includes slideshow].
May 16, 2009, 11am PDT
In an age of rapid technological improvements in almost every aspect of life, it's difficult to understand how a technology like trains could actually be less advanced now than it was in the 1940s, writes Tom Vanderbilt.
April 23, 2009, 9am PDT
Witold Rybczynski takes a look at the new tendency toward buildings that look collapsible, rather than the solid-looking buildings of the past. Is this trend a symptom of our shaky times?
April 22, 2009, 11am PDT
America's infrastructure isn't as fragile as current media coverage has made it out to be, according to Jack Shafer.
March 23, 2009, 8am PDT
Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer says that as a result of outmoded industrial and funding models, state governments are facing grave financial problems.
March 20, 2009, 6am PDT
Paul Smalera sees in the the ghost towers of Bangkok a disturbing warning for economically distressed urban developments in the United States.
March 8, 2009, 11am PDT
The stimulus package promises to create new green jobs, but are they really the economic solution they're cracked up to be? This piece from <em>Slate</em> questions the common perception.
January 10, 2009, 5am PST
In this column, former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer calls on the Obama Administration to direct its stimulus package towards innovative technologies and "transformative" projects, not just the status quo roads and bridges of the past.
November 22, 2008, 5am PST
This slideshow from <em>Slate</em> looks at how to reuse abandoned big boxes.
September 10, 2008, 12pm PDT
New research can serve to explain why it is more expensive to purchase a house in the summer--and why it might be worth it.
August 7, 2008, 2pm PDT
Rob Gifford reviews Michael Meyer's new book "The Last Days of Old Beijing," and how it brings to life a rapidly vanishing element of the Chinese city: the hutong, or alleyways, which are being swiftly demolished and redeveloped.
April 30, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>This slideshow from <em>Slate</em> looks at the elaborate plans for new cities in the United Arab Emirates, and compares them to other built-from-scratch cities in history.</p>
March 28, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>This video from <em>Slate</em> looks at the "stupidest bike lane" -- a stretch of painted bicycling road that runs for less than one block. </p>