Great cities revolve around lively commercial areas, which in turn depend on good commercial architecture. We visit the Texan towns of Austin and Fredericksburg to explore the best and worst of commercial buildings.Read More
It’s no mistake that Art Kane’s classic 1958 photo “A Great Day in Harlem” was taken in this exact spot, a place whose very design creates community. We examine the intimate connection between building design and sociable, happy people.Read More
San Francisco’s Free Gold Watch is a cool little pinball arcade in a former garage. In cities swimming in street-deadening garage doors, could we convert garages to other more productive uses? It’s already happening and the results are inspiring.Read More
Buildings are like food: The less processed their ingredients, the better they are for you. Conques, a medieval village in the south of France, captures the heart because it’s made with the right ingredients. We look closely at this charming place to discover the source of its beauty.Read More
When scandal plagues police departments is the problem just bad people? And is it a coincidence that such corruption breeds inside the many terrifyingly-designed police headquarters across the country? We investigate and look at a solution from Japan.Read More
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