Mark Byrnes

Vignelli Associates

Remembering the Designer Who Changed the Way We Think About Transit Maps

Massimo Vignelli, who died Tuesday at the age of 83, brought simplicity to American graphic design.

Clearwater Mills LLC

A Giant Wheel Is Cleaning Up Baltimore's Garbage-Filled Inner Harbor

The water and solar-powered device is expected to pick up as much as 800,000 pounds of garbage a year.

Fernando Barbella

Imagining the Future of Signage

"DON'T HONK YOUR HORN. ROBOT IN CHARGE WON'T REACT TO IT."

Michael Freeman/Museum of the City of New York.

Remembering the Father-Son Virtuosos of New York's Historic Arches and Vaults

The Guastavinos helped design thousands of buildings around the U.S., but nowhere is their work as prominent as in New York City.

Mark Byrnes

U.S. Spending on Social Welfare Programs Is Way Up, But Far Less Of It Goes to the Poorest

Four decades of federal spending priorities, in charts. 

Mark Byrnes

Capturing the Signs of a Changing D.C.—Before They Disappear

Where the biggest demographic shifts are happening along the city's Green line, the buildings are changing with them.

Collection Marc Walter/TASCHEN

When America First Saw Itself in Color

A new book looks back at the Detroit Publishing Company's stunning Photochrom postcards. 

Reuters

China's Latest Architectural Copycat: Egypt's Great Sphinx

Why travel to Giza when Shijiazhuang has its own noseless replica?

Reuters

Countdown to Brazil's World Cup

From soccer-themed public art projects to social unrest, the FIFA tournament is already visible all over the country.

Don ZanFagna/Rediscovered Masters

This Forgotten 1970s Collage Artist Now Seems Like He Saw the Future

Don ZanFanga was especially obsessed with the twin towers of the World Trade Center. 

Reuters

How an Influx of Space Travelers Could Transform One New Mexico Town

Whenever Sir Richard Branson's "spaceline" is finally ready for business (soon, he says), Truth or Consequences will be the first place to notice. 

Art Institute of Chicago

In Search of a New Era for Ambitious Chicago Architecture

An exhibit highlighting the city's rich history of architectural innovation also hopes to encourage big new ideas. 

Reuters

Philadelphia's Tourist-Friendly Prison

Eastern State Penitentiary housed its last inmates in 1971. Since then, it's become a destination for visitors, art, and prison-era reunions.

Courtesy Aaron Kiley

Remembering Modernism's Go-To Landscape Architect

A photo exhibit of Dan Kiley's prolific career.

J. Paul Getty Trust

A Look Back at L.A.'s Union Station, on Its 75th Anniversary

A new exhibit looks at the history of the iconic structure through photographs and architectural drawings.

Reuters

The Latest Pennsylvania Town That Can't Pay Its Bills

Times are so tough in Shamokin, City Hall had its gas cut off last month.

Ryan Schude

Whimsical Portraits of People and Their Cars

Catching up with the man fascinated by the relationship between humans and their personal vehicles.

Beautiful Photos of Mexico From Half a Century Ago

Bernard Plossu was the country's Kerouac, telling stories through his seemingly aimless travels.

Reuters

In Israel, Turning Bomb Shelters Into Art

Sderot has about 200 shelters. A city initiative tries to turn them into something less foreboding.