Design

NoMA Business Improvement District

A Dark D.C. Underpass Gets the 'Rain Room' Treatment

The city has embraced some of its creepiest infrastructure as an opportunity for art.

LAWF

A Transit-Themed World's Fair May Be Coming to Los Angeles

A group of architects, engineers, and venture capitalists are pushing for it. There are obvious problems—and a not-so-obvious benefit.

Shin Kuo

Everyone Has a Great View in a Spinning Apartment Building

One designer's solution to class conflict caused by blocked views.

Maps
Astro Digital

An Archive of the World's Freshest Satellite Images

A new tool lets you easily browse NASA-quality photos of Earth from 2013 up to this very minute.

Photos
Verve Photo Books

Isolated from the World for 60 Years

A striking new photography book lifts the curtain on the people and places of Burma, from its time under a military dictatorship to the present day.

Maps
Toronto Poetry Map

Mapping Toronto Through Its Poetry

A Toronto Public Library interactive lets you explore local geography through poems that mention the city.

Liu Yang/Kai Huo

China's Smog Inspires Absolutely Terrifying PSAs

Billowing smoke and furious animals combine in these "terror haze" illustrations.

Tulpi

We Need More Street Furniture Shaped Like Tulips

Get up from the "Tulpi" seat, a Dutch invention, and it closes like a flower.

Courtesy Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Art That Understands What It's Like to Work

Overtime: The Art of Work looks back at life on the clock over the course of two centuries.

Photos
Marcus Lyon

Imagining the Chilling Landscape of Unchecked Global Development

British photographer Marcus Lyon creates apocalyptic images of what cities might look like if left to grow out of control.

A. Bitterman

A Vacant House That Should Become Public Art

A Kansas City artist wants to swap out a famous sculpture for a run-down home at the city's major museum.

Videos
YouTube/Jeff Altman

A Chicago Cop, a 16mm Film Archive, and a Family Legacy

Jeff Altman's grandfather loved to travel, and he left behind a remarkable collection of films that are now being preserved.

Jacob Lawrence/Licensed by SCALA/Art Resource, NY

Black Lives Matter in Jacob Lawrence's 'Migration Series' at MoMA

The painter's groundbreaking works trace the journey of African Americans out of the Jim Crow South.

Maps
Jill Hubley

A Gorgeous Atlas of New York Tree Species

Mapping 592,130 trees right down to trunk size.

YouTube/PatentYogi

Is This Crazy Chair the Future of Air Travel?

Boeing has filed a patent on an "upright sleep support system," so let's give it a closer look.

Passportindex.org

Passports, Ranked by 'Power'

Browse the world's passports by color, country, and most crucially, how many countries citizens can travel to without a visa.

AP Photo

Reinventing Times Square, Again: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.

CityID

The Moscow Metro's New, Cohesive Typeface

One of the world's most popular underground networks finally gets the wayfinding treatment it deserves.

Generated from Sakura Dream

Make Cherry Blossom Trees Magically Appear in Your Neighborhood

Gritty urban streetscapes transform into dreamy vistas with this map hack.

San Francisco Has a Robotic Sculpture You Control With Your Brain

"Neuroflowers" changes color and blossoms according to your mental focus.