Kriston Capps

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What We Still Need To Learn From Spock's Utopianism

Leonard Nimoy's Spock represented the aspirational, utopian thinking that Americans are still desperate to see accomplished in their lifetimes—and in their cities.

Yale University Press

Here's an App That Explains #TheDress, Once and for All

Has your office lost its collective mind about The Dress? Whip out this app and let color science stop the madness.

Ben Tolman

An Artist's Dark but Loving Graphic Ode to Suburbia

Artist Ben Tolman creates incredibly intricate drawings that dig for the heart beneath the hard edges of the built environment.  

Robert Galbraith/Reuters

Is YIMBYism the Next Big Single-Issue Political Platform?

One San Francisco mayoral candidate is making "Yes in My Back Yard" her mission statement.

Nine Elms to Pimlico Bridge Competition

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like London Has a Fancy Bridge Fetish

With the Nine Elms to Pimlico Bridge Competition, the U.K. capital appears well positioned for folly.

Photo by Matthew T. Rader/Illustration by Mark Byrnes

Almost No Cities Own Their Names on Twitter

Cities need to get on-brand with their brands, because the situation is hilariously bad.

YikeBike

Is It a Motorized Tricycle? A Seated Segway? Nope, It's a YikeBike

YikeBike's inventors see it becoming "the most commonly owned transport device in the world." But it's got some drawbacks.

Robert Galbraith/Reuters

Suicides Related to Foreclosure and Eviction Doubled During the Housing Crisis

A new report makes plain some of the grim results of housing-related stressors, and suggests practices that could save lives.

Disney

A Kentucky City Issues an Arrest Warrant for Frozen Queen Elsa

Police in Harlan, Kentucky, put out an all-points bulletin for the character as a suspect behind record-cold temperatures. But what about Mr. Freeze?

Quinn Dombrowski/Flickr

Oregon Homebrewers Get Set to Experiment With 'Sewerage Brewerage'

Portland's water department will get to show off just how good its super-pure recycled wastewater is.

Robert F. Bukaty/AP

In Frozen Maine, Portland's Snow Dump Is Reaching FAA Height Limits

The city's primary snow dump is so tall it could run afoul of Federal Aviation Administration safety guidelines.

Mike Bain/Terminal

The Minimalist Art of Airport Runways

The most functional part of airport design gets turned into stark yet elegant art in a new poster series.

Russian Railways

The Sochi Light Rail Is the Most Epic Failure in Olympic History

Russian oligarchs who helped finance the most expensive Olympics in history are shedding their shares of the line, leaving it barely running.

The Jerde Partnership

Remembering America's Mall Maestro, Jon Jerde

America has lost a titan of design and planning. It's time that everyone learned his name.

(Marvel Studios)

The Science of Road Rage

Psychologists still don't fully understand driving-related violence. But technology and improved transit infrastructure offer solutions to minimize it.

Mark Byrnes/CityLab

Newark's Vacant Lot Sale Is for Lovers

Show her how much you care by purchasing an empty plot of land, on which you are required to build and reside as a couple.

Gensler

Taking Cyclists Off Roads Is No Way to Improve Transit

London's obsession with flashy "magpie infrastructure" solutions is short-sighted.

Google Maps

More Cities Should Make Mythbusting Maps Like This

An interactive map takes down D.C.'s urban legends. Expanded, it could offer a hyperlocal look at the lore of cities across the country.

Boxed Water

Is Boxed Water Actually Better?

Boxed Water Is Better is ... water, in a box instead of a bottle. But its main virtue is that Boxed Water is shipped better.