Mark Byrnes

(All photos by Ben Marcin)

A Photo Project Ponders Skyscrapers Without a Skyline

An artist obsessed with capturing lonesome structures takes on tall, urban buildings.

Library of Congress/Archive.org

In 1914, Baltimore Wanted You to Know It Was the Best City Ever

A digitally preserved program from the city's Star Spangled Banner centennial festivities boasts about an unparalleled new sewer system, among other amenities.

AP/Eugene Hoshiko

Even the IOC Wants Tokyo to Scale Down Plans for 2020

Efforts to save the city's 56-year-old National Stadium won't stop the wrecking ball, but rising costs are forcing officials to pull back on building new venues.

Mark Byrnes

Harlem's Most Inventive New Building Looks Odd, But It's for a Purpose

The Sugar Hill development is an affordable-housing complex full of supportive amenities and innovations. But some are having a hard time with its neo-brutalist style.

Human

This Exercise App Tracks Trends on How We Move In Different Cities

The developers of Human have complied user data into stunning visualizations that show how and where we get around.

USGS

Track a Century of U.S. Development With a Tool That Centralizes Old Maps

The full catalog of USGS topographic surveys is now all on one site and searchable by city.

Mark Byrnes

No One Knows When Buffalo's Pedestrian Mall Overhaul Will Be Finished

With funding arriving on a block-by-block basis, everyone is eager to see if bringing cars back to Main Street will finally make a difference.

U.S. Government Printing Office/HistoryShots

A Brilliantly Restored 19th Century Visualization of U.S. City Population Shifts

A map and data enthusiast found this colorful chart that tracks where the United States grew and shrunk between 1790 and 1890. 

Radius Books/Alex Webb

Faces of a Shrinking Company Town

A new photography book explores Rochester in the 12 months following Kodak's bankruptcy filing. 

Francois Prost

A Photographic Homage to the Suburban Nightclubs of Europe

When the sun comes up, these postmodern fun palaces show off their architectural quirks. 

James Corner Field Operations

Minneapolis's Most Famous Street Gets Ready For a Makeover

Built in 1968 and last updated in 1991, Nicollet Mall is getting a new name and look.

Rob Walters

A Photography Zine for Rural America

"Rural Life" depicts the vast range of communities in the United States.

Érica Ramalho/Governo do Rio de Janeiro

A Brief History of Brazil's Most Treasured World Cup Stadium

Estádio do Maracanã, unlike some other stadiums around Brazil, is currently problem-free. But that wasn't always the case. 

Reuters

The Many Goal Posts of Brazil

Serene photographs that remind us Brazil still loves soccer as much as it hates the politics behind their World Cup.

David Torke, fixBuffalo

Riding Through Poor Neighborhoods With New Urbanists

A bike tour in Buffalo that aimed to "inspire feelings of civic duty and moral outrage" may have also exposed weaknesses in a movement's philosophy.

Mark Byrnes

A Visual Elegy for Buffalo's Pedestrian Mall

An art exhibit puts Main Street construction in context with the aspirations that built the car-free zone decades ago.

Mark Byrnes

A Parking Garage That Makes You Want to Keep Hunting for a Space

In Detroit, park your car in 'The Z' and you'll find yourself in a drive-thru art gallery.

Jade Doskow

The Architectural Relics of World's Fairs

Photographer Jade Doskow spent seven years exploring the grounds of former international expos.

Reuters

We Now Have Highly Detailed Maps of Detroit's Blight

A process called "blexting" and a neighborhood-focused property auction may help fix the city's crippling property woes.