On Location

The Arch Turns 50

St. Louis—To mark the fiftieth anniversary of “Topping Out Day”—the harrowing placement of the keystone into the St. Louis Gateway Arch on October 28, 1965—a metaphorical keystone will drop into place with the completion of the new Park Over the Highway. Long severed from downtown St. Louis by Interstate 44, the Arch will finally be … Read More

Bristol’s Wild Style

The capital of England’s West Country, Bristol, is a very visual place. Houses are painted in bright colors and the city center is dominated by the graceful shapes of the sailing ships on the Floating Harbour, which faces the blue Bristol Channel and the Irish Sea. Bristol is also very visual in another sense: For … Read More


Yoko Ono Reaches Out to Women in Reykjavík Project

Reykjavík — Women anywhere in the world to whom harm has been done – simply because they are women – … Read More

A Natural High

If a Queens, NY, architectural firm and a Brooklyn rooftop-farm builder get their way, a derelict Long Island Railway (LIRR) … Read More

Smithsonian American Art Museum Acquires Works by Three Major Public Artists

From November 2015 to July 10, the Smithsonian American Art Museum celebrated the post-renovation reopening of its Renwick Gallery with … Read More

Recent Projects

Knotted Grotto

PHILADELPHIA—Pilgrims jotted prayers, struggles, and dreams on some 150,000 knotted ribbons at Knotted Grotto, a temporary installation at the Basilica … Read More


LONDON—French artist Charles Pétillon, known for his temporary site-specific balloon installations that overtake cars, houses, basketball courts, and more, proves … Read More

Repellent Fence

DOUGLAS, ARIZONA, USA / AGUA PRIETA, SONORA, MEXICO—This temporary project raised a fence that was designed not to repel, but … Read More


Art Parks: A Tour of America’s Sculpture Parks and Gardens

In both metropolitan and rural areas, sculpture parks and gardens are growing in popularity. The first comprehensive guide to North … Read More

Through the Looking Glass

Through the Looking Glass follows a four-year collaborative project between multimedia artist Ross and fine arts manufacturer Franz Meyer (Munich). … Read More

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Architecture as Resource

An alternative guide for architects, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle posits reinterpreting waste materials as precious resources. Via German-based project examples, the publication … Read More

Shop Talk

Project Evaluation as Art

Measurement, assessment, evaluation: big, complex words that many people associate with stress, fear, or annoyance. But measuring the impact of … Read More

Placemaking Gets Deep

Today’s cities could use a little soul, says city planner Mark VanderSchaaf. For much of his nearly 12-year tenure as … Read More

Pacifying Publics

The romantic concept of the agora as the public meeting space of democracy has captured the imagination of thinkers for … Read More