"My first book was used by actual librarians, planners, architects. I realized, wow I can do work that matters beyond the academy."
As the urban poor are displaced to metropolitan peripheries, policing and punishment have become more suburban.
For decades, South Asian architecture was impelled by the promise of a new society after empire. Now, such buildings are being demolished.
“Doesn’t every New Yorker really want to own a co-op?,” a realtor asked a crowd of tenants in 1972. But this provoked only “a chorus of noes.”
“As often the most vulnerable in our cities, immigrants face struggles that reflect the wider landscape of housing precarity.”
For the righting of historical wrongs, to simply transfer property continues to perpetuate violence. True reparations require far more work.
A powerful grassroots movement campaigned in the ’70s and ’80s for banks to reinvest equitably in red-lined urban communities. It failed—but why?
In the 1960s, Chicago’s white neighborhoods didn’t want Mexican Americans moving in. But one determined real estate broker changed everything.
500 years have passed since the fall of the Aztec capitol. But like that city, Pilsen’s power lies not in its buildings, but in its people.
The city testifies to the vast intellectual curiosity of medieval Muslims, and the splendor they translated from astrology into their designs.
"Often, the question of which place-names stick is about which ones hit our ears right."
On both sides of the border, artivistas—art activists—infuse their creative and political work with minority struggle and solidarity.
Many think the loss of discrete queer spaces is bad, even as the loss of the need for them is good. What is the nature of that loss?
Ten years ago today, Spain’s “15M” movement burst on the scene. In short order, everything changed. Or has it?
Revealing the multiple histories of disability justice can expand how we think of and design the places we build.
How to explain the miracle of an institution as gargantuan, complex, and pivotal to society as “government”? Watch Frederick Wiseman’s City Hall.
St. Louis seems to define America’s past—but does it offer insight for the future?
All cities tell a story. But who decides what Baltimore’s next story will be?
We can begin where we live, because our neighbors and neighborhoods shape us in ways that are invisible but invigorating.
Housing-justice movements ask: How can unhoused people be considered trespassers on state-owned land?