Soul City’s failed bid to build a black-run suburbia for America

Civil rights activist Floyd McKissick dreamed of a southern utopia where the racially integrated community would be planned and managed by African Americans. Although the city was never completed, some traces remain

Manchester’s Trafford Park, the world’s first industrial estate – a history of cities in 50 buildings

This five square mile stretch of meadow and deer park became the great arsenal of the second world war effort, and the brains and guts of industrialised Britain

Kharkiv’s Derzhprom: Europe’s first skyscraper complex – a history of cities in 50 buildings

Opened in 1928, this underappreciated Soviet masterpiece was a precursor to brutalism – three decades before the term was coined

Asmara’s Fiat Tagliero service station: a history of cities in 50 buildings

Mussolini’s Italy brought death from the skies to East Africa in the 1930s – but left behind a striking futurist building in the Eritrean capital

The Royal Exhibition building of ‘Marvellous Melbourne’: a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 10

Is there a more glorious symbol of Melbourne’s transition from sleepy provincial town to world-focused metropolis … and of its historic rivalry with Sydney?

Timur’s Registan: noblest public square in the world? – a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 7

The influence of this ancient Uzbek grand square stretches far across the world’s cities, from Isfahan in Iran to Agra in India and Russia’s St Petersburg

Syria’s war-scarred citadel of Aleppo: a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 2

In the oldest city in the world, Aleppo’s historic citadel offers a poignant and ongoing narrative of the impact of war on a city’s development