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The Architect's City

The Architect's City is a monthly series inviting an emerging architect to reimagine an existing structure in his or her city, submitting a speculative proposal for Curbed readers.

Making tiny shelters from recycled materials

At $5,000, the design is affordable and customizable

From parking garage to community space

When landscape architect and Harvard Graduate School of Design professor Sergio Lopez-Pineiro lived in Buffalo, he lived very near one particular parking structure. "I started thinking of it as a place that would be interesting for playing," he said.

Creating a learning center for the trash collectors of Cairo

How one firm hopes to replace shipping containers

Could giant bubbles make Beijing’s historic courtyard housing more livable?

Architect Ma Yansong of MAD Architects, a former student of Zaha Hadid, argues that the bubbles would preserve the most essential elements of Beijing's traditional hutongs.

How redesigning crosswalks could make cities safer

San Francisco firm Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects has a proposal to redesign crosswalks in the city, where at least three pedestrians are hit by cars every day.

Leaving room for artists in gentrifying London

One local firm sees potential in leftover spaces

Creating Public Space Along a Forgotten River in Brazil

Architect Carlos Teixeira imagines community and arts space above the Tietê River in Brazil.

A new future for old city markets

As shopping moves indoors and online, one architect wants to revitalize the traditional market.

How to Make Architecture More Animal-Friendly

Architect Joyce Hwang believes designing habitats for animals is an aspect of sustainability

Could Europe's Empty Parking Garages Become Housing?

Despite central locations in cities, many parking garages see less use as increasing emphasis is placed on alternatives to cars. As Europe struggles to house millions of refugees, architect Alfredo Brillembourg sees potential in the many near-empty European parking structures.

Imagining a New School in Opa-Locka, Florida's Moorish Revival Wonderland

Where the architecture makes for interactive learning

How Water Shapes Architecture in Arid Tucson

In Belgium, a Proposal to Put Housing in Big-Box Parking Lots