Where We Live Now

Where We Live Now explores the historical, political, and socioeconomic forces that shape our homes and communities.

My YIMBY Beliefs Were Tested by the Construction Project Next Door
My YIMBY Beliefs Were Tested by the Construction Project Next Door
As a reporter focused on climate issues and state policy, I always thought I’d unequivocally support a nearby housing development—until it threatened to kill a beloved tree in my...
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This Non-Profit Wants to Help You Turn Your Building Into a Co-op
“People power is still at the core of what we do,” explains the president of the decades-old New York–based non-profit the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board.
How Adaptive Reuse Can Help Solve the Affordability Crisis
Jeff Bone of the Chicago-based firm LBBA believes that working with what’s been left behind can pave the way for the future.
The Real Homes of Real Architects
The Real Homes of Real Architects
It may be a cliché career for a rom-com character, but the life of a working architect is far from that fantasy—just ask these current and former employees at the first firm to...
“You’re Finally Seeing Cracks in the NIMBY Armor”
New York real estate developers Vivian Liao and Tucker Reed of TOTEM want you to want affordable housing in your neighborhood.
Is There a Way Out of Hawaii’s Housing Crisis?
The Aloha State is drowning in a flood of the same factors creating a housing crisis all over America. It will either become a model for solutions or a cautionary tale.
Is There a Chicanx Style of Architecture?
Riverside, CA’s new Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture has been a long time coming. But its arrival prompts a question about design and cultural specificity.
Kansas City’s Tara Raghuveer Has a ‘North Star’ and It’s True Social Housing
The activist and director of KC Tenants explains why the organization’s goal is to move the U.S. away from the private housing model.
We’re Off to See the Waltons
FORMAT, a new music and arts festival, is the latest effort by the country's richest family to remake Northwest Arkansas in Austin’s image—complete with rapidly rising home prices.
Would-Be Congressman Greg Casar Is Worried About Where He’s Going to Live, Too
The former Austin City Council Member is running in Texas's District 35, and ready to bring the affordability debate to the Capitol.
Here’s How We Fix the Hole in the Middle of the Housing Market
Here’s How We Fix the Hole in the Middle of the Housing Market
Soaring real estate prices and shrinking housing options are leaving families in urban centers with fewer pathways to homeownership—but these architects, designers, and developers...
What Role Do iBuyers Play in a Volatile Real Estate Market?
The growth of tech-driven “instant buyers” speaks to their potential, but Zillow’s recent exit reveals the algorithms’ shortcomings.
New Kids on the Block
We asked five households that recently switched Los Angeles neighborhoods what they had in mind when picking a new place to live.
The Ups and Downs of Livability Rankings
When housing markets heat up, livability ratings help guide demand—but not all assessments are worth their salt, and some are, frankly, rank.
Facing Our New Climate Reality
As increasingly extreme weather threatens their quality of life, communities across the nation are rallying around resilient and sustainable practices.
Studio:Indigenous Founder Chris Cornelius Is Decolonizing Architecture
We speak to the architect and educator about how Indigenous culture influences his work, and how empathy can dismantle colonialist approaches to design.
What the Yo-Yoing Cost of Lumber Tells Us About the Future of Home Building
The price of timber is all over the place, but the need to build—and to build sustainably—isn’t going anywhere.
An Oral History of the Parklet
Designers, urbanists, and activists dive into the past, present, and future of the idea that saved dining out during the pandemic.
Accessibility Is Only the Beginning—Architecture Needs to Embrace the Full Range of Human Abilities
Designing for everyone spans the mobility perspective, but more needs to be done for the neurodiverse and visually impaired communities.
Young Adults Who Moved Home During COVID-19 Are Making Over Their Childhood Rooms—and Their Mindsets
Gen Z and Millennials who have returned to their old bedrooms are reclaiming their spaces and senses of self.
Across the U.S., Streets Named After Martin Luther King Jr. Remain a Battleground for Equality
Roads that honor the civil rights icon get a bad rap, but is it rightfully earned?
Demar Matthews Wants to Bring Distinctly Black Architecture to American Neighborhoods
The designer is out to establish a new vernacular—one that “elevates, not denigrates,” Black identity within the built environment.
Architecture Critic Nikil Saval Joins the Pennsylvania State Senate in a Time of Crisis
We ask the newly elected urbanist and organizer about his ongoing fight for workers’ rights, affordable housing, and a Green New Deal.
Affording America: The Right to a Home
The most important houses being built in America right now are affordable houses.
Affording America: Denver’s Albus Brooks Wants Cities to Incentivize Equitable Development
The Denver city council president–turned–private developer advocates for density, affordability, and bringing everyone to the table.
Affording America: Representative Ilhan Omar Wants Homes for All
The Minnesota congressperson thinks the federal government should guarantee a place to live for every American.
How to Build an Affordable America
There are as many solutions to the country’s housing crisis as there are causes. We need them all.
Is a Sustainable Suburbia Still Possible Post-Pandemic?
In 2010, Dwell took a look at four radical plans to reshape and retrofit spaces outside of our cities.
How Will Architecture Merge the Digital and Physical Worlds?
Artificial intelligence is not only changing how we design buildings—it’s also influencing how buildings shape our behavior.
We May Already Have the Technology to Survive a Climate Crisis—We’ve Just Been Ignoring It
In her book “Lo—TEK: Design by Radical Indigenism,” designer and activist Julia Watson urges us to use millennia-old knowledge to build a world in symbiosis with nature.