Storm-Proofing NYC Will Cost At Least $11 Billion, But It's Worth It

Humans are almost universally bad at planning for the distant future—most of us would rather live in blissful, unprepared ignorance than think about our Roth IRA. The same goes for cities: Dealing with the next storm is way easier than spending many billions of dollars to protect us from storms 20 years down the road. » 5/02/14 1:20pm 5/02/14 1:20pm

Celebration, Florida: The Utopian Town That America Just Couldn't Trust

It's been exactly two decades since Celebration, Florida, broke ground in 1994, a major anniversary for a community that enjoyed a massive amount of media attention when it emerged. Yet we don't hear much about Disney's foray into real estate lately, apart from the odd fire. » 4/20/14 3:00pm 4/20/14 3:00pm

The Mayor of Los Angeles Would Like to Introduce You to the New L.A.

"I want to set some ground rules for what I think we all should do in L.A., which is to really resist cliché," stated Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti last night during a future-focused public event at Occidental College. While "certain publications"—which the mayor did not name, but we all know who they are—like to… » 2/14/14 4:20pm 2/14/14 4:20pm

How A California City's Sidewalks Were Redesigned for Wheelchairs

The story of how Berkeley, California, first got wheelchair-accessible sidewalks in the 1970s is an unlikely mix of public protest, anti-war sentiment, and the grassroots potential of urban planning for the people, by the people. Writing for Boom, Bess Williamson explains how the city began to redesign itself for… » 1/29/14 2:40pm 1/29/14 2:40pm

How the Tech Industry Is Quietly Changing the Face of American Cities

When Steve Jobs presented the initial design for his donut-like headquarters to the Cupertino City Council, in 2011, he described the building as a reaction against suburban office parks. “We’ve come up with a design that puts 12,000 people in one building; which sounds a bit odd,” he said. “But we’ve seen these… » 6/18/13 1:05pm 6/18/13 1:05pm

These Awesome Photoshops Are Perfect Because They Were Well Planned

These images by Martín De Pasquale are so surreal that, obviously, you know they aren't actual photos. But they are perfectly executed. And the reason for that is not awesome Photoshop skills as much as good planning. If you want to make perfect photo composites, it's not that hard if you plan in advance. Martín's… » 12/03/12 1:06pm 12/03/12 1:06pm