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7 must-read books for design students

Heading off to uni this year, and looking for recommendations for graphic design books to keep you inspired? Maybe you're already studying and keen …

“A Process Not a Product”: An Interview with Ronald Wimberly | The Comics Journal

Ronald Wimberly is a multitalented artist, writer, and editor. He created the graphic novel <i>Prince of Cats</i> as an interpretation of <i>Romeo and Juliet</i> set …

A Look inside the Little-Known Image Library That’s Inspired Artists for over a Century

Files from the Picture Collection at the New York Public Library. Courtesy of the New York Public Library.Tucked into the first floor of the New York …

Agnes Martin on How to Be an Artist

Agnes Martin, 1993.<br>Timothy Greenfield-Sanders<br>Hiram Butler GalleryLegendary Minimalist painter Agnes Martin led her life with a positive outlook. “I …

An artist uses Photoshop to create surreal optical illusions that will completely blow your mind

Optical illusions are taking the world by storm these days, but Justin Peters' artwork is truly something special.<p>According to his website, Peters, a 22-year-old digital surrealist artist, merges reality with imagination using Photoshop. The resulting works of art turn our mundane world into a …

30 Intimate Snapshots That Capture Everyday Life of Andy Warhol in New York During the 1960s

Born Andrew Warhola in 1928, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, American artist, director and producer Andy Warhol was a leading figure in the visual art …

Cities are complex systems – let’s start looking at them that way

The way we design our cities needs a serious rethink. After thousands of years of progress in urban development, we plateaued some 60 years ago. …

Urban Development

Why The World’s Most Innovative Companies Are Stuck In 20th-Century Offices

And who’s getting it right.<p>When Apple talks about its new Cupertino campus, the company almost always refers to its 2.8-million-square-foot Foster + Partners-designed ring. It speaks about the technical complexity of achieving a curved glass structure and boasts about the 30-acre park inspired by …

12 incredible abandoned places in Philly - Curbed Philly

<i>Editor's Note: This post was originally published in 2013 and has been updated with the most recent information.</i><p>It’s important to note that these properties are all private and trespassing is strictly prohibited.<p>Given Philly’s long history, it’s no wonder that there are countless buildings out …

‘Inequality Is Literally Blocking Out the Sun’

<i>In this excerpt from Vertical: The City from Satellites to Bunkers author Stephen Graham looks at the new residential towers going up in Manhattan</i> …

Bright Lights, Small Government

The early 1960s was a time of urban utopianism. Not because cities were doing so well, but because architects, city planners, and politicians …

Can Indigenous culture ever coexist with urban planning?

A new book examines what actually happens when urban planning meets the claims and struggles of Indigenous people in Australian and Canadian cities<p>In Australia the acknowledgement of Indigenous land ownership, of custodians past and present, is now pretty much mandatory at official functions.<p>“This …

101 books about where and how we live

Recommended reading from urban experts and Curbed contributors<p>Perhaps more than at any other time in American history, where we live determines much about what we know. As people who write about cities, we realized this presented a remarkable opportunity. We wanted to find examples of how reading …

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Populism, Pluralism, Urbanism

Historically the principal forces shaping the world were of the cold economic variety. Trade growth, GDP, global integration were among the principal preoccupations of state houses and board rooms, interspersed with the occasional conflict or political setback. Today, however, much of the post-war …

Jan Gehl on changing mindsets about urban planning and living

Cities Skylines: Dutch City - Episode 1 - Road Planning & More

How a Brazilian City Has Revolutionized Urban Planning

Amanda Burden: How public spaces make cities work

How to Make an Attractive City

Kent Larson: Brilliant designs to fit more people in every city

Urban Planning 101 - Walkability

Could Your City Benefit from DIY Urban Planning? Yes, the Experience from Pro Helsinki 2.0 Suggests

It’s been a bit more than a year since I and my urbanist comrades accomplished one of the most exciting things ever – well, at least as far as urban …