Mark Byrnes

University of Otago, NOAA

Making Connections Between the World's Newest and Oldest Maps

An interview with John Hessler, a cartography expert at the Library of Congress and one of the people behind the new book, Map: Exploring The World.

Christopher Herwig

A Book That Celebrates the Enduring Charm of Soviet-Era Bus Stops

Christopher Herwig snapped incredible photos of Eastern Europe and Central Asia’s architectural underdogs.

Lance Wyman

Wayfinding With Lance Wyman

A talk with the designer behind some of North America’s most famous subways, walkways, zoos—and pretty much any other place people need help finding their way around.

AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

Meet the Man Who Saved Camden Yards' Old Warehouse

Not even the Baltimore Orioles wanted to keep the neglected B&O Warehouse—until Eric Moss came to town in 1987.

YouTube/Victor Gruen and Associates

When Fresno Was 'A City Reborn'

A 1968 film by Victor Gruen and Associates celebrates a revitalized downtown and a pedestrian mall that won’t be around much longer.

Wikimedia Commons/David Wilson

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.

Larry Lederman/Empire State Realty Trust

Browsing New York's Most Treasured Interiors

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

Wikimedia Commons/Libertinus

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.

Friends of the Coliseum/Karl Lind

The Fight to Save Portland's Memorial Coliseum

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

REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

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.

City of Montreal

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.

The Wabash Lights

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.

Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum

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.

REUTERS/Ognen Teofilovski

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.

Mark Byrnes

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.

Portland Cement Association/Marina City Online

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.

Encyclopædia Britannica/Prelinger Archives

A Look Back at 'The Baltimore Plan'

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