Mark Byrnes

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A Map for Exploring D.C.'s Brutalist Landscape

From the concrete vaults of Harry Weese’s Metro to Gordon Bunshaft’s doughnut-shaped Hirshhorn Museum, there’s no lack of heroic architecture to see in the nation’s capital.

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The Weird and Wonderful Library That Nearly Ruined its Architect

A central library in Niagara Falls, New York, survived a decade of water damage and related legal battles. But Paul Rudolph’s career was never the same.

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Your Guide to Moscow's Constructivist Buildings

A new map marks a path through the Russian capital in pursuit of Soviet avant-garde architecture.

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What Atlanta Might Gain From a Stadium It Doesn't Need

The $1.2 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium isn’t vital to the city’s existence, but its surroundings may still see benefits from it.

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A Dying Brutalist Project, As Explained by Its Architects 45 Years Ago

East London’s Robin Hood Gardens, designed by Peter and Alison Smithson, were once the future of public housing.


This '80s Horror Film Will Make Any Imperfect Subway Expansion Look Great

TFW your mayor is eaten alive by rats on the subway he built.

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LBJ’s Last-Minute Demand for His Presidential Library

In the early years of Presidential Library architecture, the 37th president asked for a replica oval office, a feature he heard was popular inside Truman’s.


An Old Film Reminds Us That We Can't Stop Turning Into Monsters Behind the Wheel

The absurdity of our reckless driving is called out in Gentleman Jekyll and Driver Hyde.

Timothy Schenck

How Governors Island Became New York's Best New Public Space

An interview with Leslie Koch, who has overseen the island’s transformation from a military base into a local attraction.

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A Map of the Dallas Shootings

The shootings took place around El Centro College in the heart of downtown Dallas.

Sketching Towards a Perfect Train Logo

It took about 100 drawings before Herbert Matter came up with his famous design for New Haven Railroad.

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The Ugly Fight Behind One of Football's First Stadium-Naming Rights Deals

It took lawyers and 10 years of arguing before the Buffalo Bills finally acknowledged the frozen food company sponsoring their home.

How Detroit Got Its Street Grid

A 1965 educational film explains.


Making London's Most Iconic Typeface Great Again

Transport for London’s classic font gets touched up for the 21st century.

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Questioning 'Broken Windows' in New York Through Old Tax Appraisal Photos

One artist considers the impact of imagery on policing. 

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A Map for Finding London's Art Deco Buildings

Let this guide steer you past office buildings, theaters, Tube stations, and more.


The Undervalued Simplicity of Bob Noorda's Vision for Milan's Metro

Transit officials haven’t given his first metro project the respect it deserved.

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Posters of City Life in a Fading USSR

A traveling design show toured the U.S. 25 years ago to shed light on Soviet city life under a failing but reforming government.