Mark Byrnes

Treat Yourself To a Piece of a Chicago L Station

Friday night, sip some Green Line Pale Ale and place a bid on your favorite pieces of the old Madison and Wabash station.

Browsing New York's Most Treasured Interiors

A new book hopes to remind readers to look beyond buildings’ facades.

GWAR and the City That Birthed It

In a TEDx talk, Michael Bishop, human slave of Blöthar, explains his band’s relationship with Richmond, Virginia.

The Fight to Save Portland's Memorial Coliseum

A new video makes a case for preserving the elegant, low-key piece of modernism.

In Rio, It's Still Full Speed Ahead for 2016

Hazardous water, displacement, and rising police violence still plague the city, but Mayor Paes insists Rio is already better off thanks to next year's Summer Olympics.

Montreal's $1 Million Bus Stop Art

A whimsical 65-foot-high wheel will entertain Montrealers waiting for the bus, though the price tag has raised some eyebrows.

How Two Artists Hope to Liven Up Chicago's 'L' Tracks

“The Wabash Lights” will illuminate a stretch of elevated train tracks in whatever pattern you choose.

The Man-Made Island Jane Jacobs Approved of—But Toronto Never Built

“Harbour City,” according to the famed urbanist, was to be “the most important advance in city planning” of the 20th century.

Exploring Heatherwick Studio's 'Human Touch'

If you want a brochure to help you navigate a new exhibit dedicated to the U.K. design studio, you’ll have to make it yourself.

A Migrant's Trek Through Macedonia

A stressful but critical step in the journey for many Syrians and Iraqis on their way north through Europe.

Understanding Carlos Gómez Gavazzo's 'Development Calculator'

Rediscovered two years ago, researchers are still trying to figure out exactly how the thing works.

Get Ready for the Awesome Power of the 'Milwaukee Ripple Effect'

The era of the publicly financed stadium lives on.

Watch Chicago's Marina City Emerge From the Ground Up

Fifty years ago, the iconic corn-cob-shaped cement towers were a symbol of optimism for the city. Today, they are close to being designated historic landmarks.

A Look Back at 'The Baltimore Plan'

This 1953 film celebrates early efforts to fix up some of the city’s most distressed homes.

A Chinese Beach City Welcomes Its Annual Algae Bloom

The arrival of a million tons of green biomass to the beaches of Qingdao has become a summer rite of passage.

What Montreal's Skateboarding 'Epidemic' Looked Like 50 Years Ago

The 1966 film The Devil’s Toy documented the city’s skateboarding culture—and those who feared it.

The Slow Death of a Brutalist Vision for Buffalo

Architect Paul Rudolph had an ambitious plan for Buffalo's waterfront, but it was only ever partly realized. Today, proof of it is beginning to disappear.

Unlocking the Potential in Toronto's Suburban Highrises

The Tower Renewal project combines green retrofits with an ambitious rezoning plan. Will it be enough?

Workplace Safety, as Demonstrated by Buster Keaton

Just months before his death, the silent film star starred in a gag-filled project for the Construction Safety Association of Ontario.