Kriston Capps

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Does Cycling Culture Have a Drinking Problem?

A new study reveals that a high rate of fatal accidents involve cyclists biking while intoxicated.

MapStory

One Mapping Service to Rule Them All

MapStory can give users the tools to map the growth of every municipality in the world.

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Is Vandalism Ever the Answer to Noisy Neighbors?

If you choose to live above a noisy bar but hate noise, is cutting its cable feed to tone things down OK?

How Andrew Carnegie Built the Architecture of American Literacy

The philanthropist covered the U.S. in libraries between 1893 and 1919. How many survive—and the forms they've taken—points to what kind of structures make a city center.

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.

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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.

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Paris Erects an Unlikely 'Christmas Tree'

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

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New York's Attorney General Declares War on Airbnb

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

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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.

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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.