Reagan Ray

Austin, Illustrated

Reagan Ray is illustrating 100 of his favorite Austin signs—many for establishments that are no longer with us.

Thomson Reuters Foundation

An Architect's Investigation Into Urban Warfare

A research project made in response to the growing amount of civilian conflicts taking place in cities.

Racheal Grazias/

How to Turn New York Into a Christmas Wonderland: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

Paula Zuccotti

A Day in the Life, in Objects

Designer Paula Zuccotti asked 62 people from around the world to record every item they touched in a single day.

Keyframe Visuals

London's Proposed New Pedestrian-Cyclist Bridge Is Shockingly Sensible

The price is reasonable, the design is practical, and the link is one the city genuinely needs.

Flickr/Anthony Quintano

The Secret History of Your City's Christmas Tree

Some have traveled from the Great White North, others are annually unearthed from the back of a semi-truck.

Mark Pasnik/The Monacelli Press

The Case for Calling Brutalism 'Heroic' Instead

A conversation with the creators of Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston, which explores the city’s remarkable urban renewal legacy.

For the Love of the Force

Superfans Are Building a Giant 'Star Wars' Universe in Manchester

Take a tour of Jabba the Hutt’s palace, a life-size X-wing, and that weird cantina full of kloo horn-playing musicians.

ABMS Architects

The Unlikely Home of the World's Next Tallest Skyscraper

The Bride of the Gulf will spring from the site of the Iraq War’s first major battle.

Joy VanBuhler/Flickr

This Thanksgiving, Detroit Is Overrun by Gigantic Papier-Mâché Heads

The painted busts march down Woodward Avenue as part of the holiday parade.

WSP / Parson Brinkerhoff

10 Ideas for Improving London's Affordable Housing

From building atop canals to encouraging backyard cottages.

Juust Design

Cram All Your Worldly Possessions Into This Compact 'Travelbox'

The “portable” container is meant for folks who like to uproot themselves lightning-quick.

REUTERS/Eric Thayer

Study: North Carolina's Black Voters Live in a State of 'Electoral Apartheid'

For one, the distance black voters must travel to the polls has increased since 2012.

Public Work

Toronto Wants to Turn the Underpass of a Highway Into a Major Public Park

Project: Under Gardiner would transform an elevated highway into a public park space with dozens of uses.


Why China Wants to Build Something Called 'Sponge Cities'

China’s central government has an ambitious green infrastructure plan. But will the results live up to the rhetoric?

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Meet the Fearsome Imaginary Monsters of Japan

There’s one for every prefecture.

Rocksweeper /

How Washing Machines Could Use a Lot Less Water

Three MIT grad students have invented a washing-machine filter that cleans wastewater and reuses it over and over again.


The Jonestown Massacre And the Seduction of the 'Racial Utopia'

The 37th anniversary of the Jonestown Massacre this week invites an examination of what the people it attracted were running from in the first place.

Steven Holl Architects

Of Course Copenhagen Is Building a Bike Lane in the Sky

The city’s new pedestrian and cycling bridge will hang between two towers.