Kriston Capps

Graffiti Artist 'Creepytings' Is Defacing National Parks

As long as National Park Service budgets shrink, vandalism is going to be a feature of our favorite natural spaces.

Ben Margot/AP

Oakland Can Now Order Landlords to Evict Sex Workers

A revised city ordinance claims to protect tenants from "nuisance" and crime. But it opens a suspiciously short and strategic path to evicting sex workers with little evidence, notice, or recourse.  

Morphocode

Mapping the Age of Every Building in Manhattan

A new tool called Urban Layers tracks Manhattan's rise, block by block, since 1765.

Charles Platiau/Reuters

Paris Erects an Unlikely 'Christmas Tree'

Artist Paul McCarthy stretches the boundaries of art and political commentary in the public square.

Carlo Allegri/Reuters

New York's Attorney General Declares War on Airbnb

Does the home-sharing service really disrupt neighborhoods? Or just commercial hotel profits?

Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Why Is D.C. So Expensive? Because of Congress

Unlike San Francisco or New York City, the nation's capital is an expensive city to call home as a result of federal fiat.

A New York Apartment, Painstakingly Rendered in Ghostly Fabric

Korean artist Do Ho Suh reconsiders the meaning of "home" with incredibly detailed sculptures of mundane yet highly personal household items.

Billy Surface

How Dallas Found Its Voice

An unusual agreement between a newspaper and a university brought Mark Lamster to Dallas. Now this transplanted New Yorker has become Big D's fiercest critic of mediocrity.

Norges Bank

Norway's Best Architecture Firm Designs the World's Best Money

A contest to design Norway's new print bank notes goes bonkers.

Knight Foundation

The Knight Cities Challenge Is Looking for a Few Good Ideas

The Knight Foundation has launched a new competition to fund innovation in cities. All you need to enter is a concept.

Graphic by Mark Byrnes with elements from Flickr user Endymion120

When Yelpers Review Entire Cities

Why travel at all when the most reasonable, thoughtful people on the Internet have rated the world's metropolises for you?

Annual Review of Neuroscience

The 30-Year Quest to Find the Brain's Transit Center

Science has solved a centuries-old question: How does the mind process space?

MVRDV

Dutch Designers Just Made Your Market Look Sorry

A clever combined market and apartment project navigates strict Dutch laws for food and housing.

Paul Budnitz

Here's Why Ello Will Work

The founder of the latest social-media craze shares how design will distinguish Ello—and make it a success.

Tami Heilemann/Department of Interior

The National Mall's Newest Portrait May Best Be Viewed From Space

Using satellite imagery and mass-agriculture technology, artist Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada has created a six-acre portrait visible from orbit.

NOAA

This Terrifying Map Depicts Weather Horror in High-Resolution

Detailed map projections, updated quickly, keep the fear factor current.

Melanie Leigh Wilbur

What Urban Manufacturing Can Learn From Domino's Pizza

The future of urban manufacturing lies less in localism than in making factories more personal.

Melanie Leigh Wilbur

One Affordable-Housing Solution for Cities: True Home Rule

Independence is the difference between dense cities that achieve affordable housing, like Hong Kong and Singapore, and the ones that don't.

Melanie Leigh Wilbur

Can Light Rail Still Unite Jerusalem?

A transit line that was hailed as the dream of a unified city is now on the brink, following waves of domestic unrest over the summer.