The trends and upcoming projects that will engage us in 2017 — as predicted by TED’s science, design and technology curators.

A selection of uplifting reads — all suggested by TED speakers — for your end-of-year break.

Victor Gruen was an avant-garde European socialist who inadvertently designed that all-American creature, the mall. But, as Steven Johnson reveals, his master plan was way grander — and one we might want to build today

Can architecture actually make a difference in the lives of the people who use it? Michael Murphy and his team at MASS Design Group believe so. Take a look at their designs.

Pollution is a blight, right? Not so fast, says architect Jorge Otero-Pailos, whose projects invite us to consider the important history lessons provided by layer upon layer of dirt.

Architect Diébédo Francis Kéré designs with both people and sustainability in mind. Raised in Burkina Faso, though he’s now based in Berlin, his buildings have community at their heart.

Architecture expos are often futurist fantasias of design — but this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale imagines how humanity’s first art can house (and treat) us all better.