Design

Project Lacuna

The Bay Area Plans a Free Library Built out of Books

The literary temple offers free books and an experience akin to being stuffed inside a giant hardback.

Videos

Volvo Wants to Make Bike Commuting Safer by Selling You Glow-in-the-Dark Paint

Is "Life Paint" a helpful new technology, or a dubious marketing ploy?

Videos
Florian Lalanne

Celebrating the Distinctive Tiles of Lisbon

A new short film looks at the vibrant and eclectic culture of the Portuguese capital and its trademark azulejos.

Photos
The Megacity Initiative

What's at Stake in the Fight Over the Mumbai Waterfront

In a megacity in desperate need of better planning, activists are calling for a more sustainable future for the Mumbai Port.

Lauren Ancona/Mapbox Studio

A Beautiful Blueprint-Style Map of the World

It's the work of a Philadelphia-based data scientist who, a year ago, had never made a map.

Maps
Google Maps

Now You Can Play Pac-Man on the Streets of Your Own City

Run away from Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde down nearly any Google Maps environment you wish.

Flickr/pharmacysell

When Providing Abortions in a 'Spa-Like' Atmosphere Is Progress

Carafem, a new pharmaceutical-only abortion clinic in D.C., aims to foster an environment that is calming, supportive—and unabashedly advertised.

Sam Droege

Glass Architecture Is Killing Millions of Migratory Birds

Architects, however, are becoming more attuned to the issue.

Ellsworth Kelly/Blanton Museum of Art

Why Every City Needs an 'Art Chapel'

Ellsworth Kelly's upcoming non-denominational chapel in Austin points to the need for inclusive spaces in diverse but segregated cities.

Photos

How New York, Chicago, and L.A. Explain the 1960s and '70s

The City Lost and Found explores a turbulent time in the U.S. by looking to the country's three largest cities.

EMK Institute

The Precedent-Setting Possibilities of the New Edward M. Kennedy Institute in Boston

The "Lion of the Senate" may have been a special case, but it's not hard to imagine more senatorial libraries down the road.

Kay Gaensler/Flickr

How 1980s Atlanta Became the Backdrop for the Future

The Southern capital has set the scene for dystopian thrillers such as Divergent and The Walking Dead, most notably via buildings designed by the architect John Portman.

Photos
© Tim Franco

Inside China's Unknown Mega-City

Photographer Tim Franco captures the massive urbanization of Chongqing, which has been described as "the biggest city you've never heard of" and "China's Detroit."

Flickr/wonderlane

Who Are the Tiny People in Architectural Renderings?: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

Ed Schipul/Flickr

The Best Plan Yet to Save Houston's Astrodome

Let's turn the "world's biggest room" into an indoor park, with trees, flowering plants, and an aquaponics research lab.

Dan Corson

This Oakland Sculpture Changes Color to Suit the Weather

Its chameleon surface is reportedly similar to currency's anticounterfeiting paint.

Something's Not Right with San Francisco's New iPhone Ads

But pranksters, not Apple, are behind the hilariously ugly selfies.

Maps
Michael Pecirno

Cornfields, Trees, and Water: Mapping the Rest of America

Most maps of the U.S. prioritize metropolitan areas. But "Minimal Maps" single out the nation's forests, crops, and waterbodies.

Videos
teamLab

Tokyo's New 'Floating Flower Garden' Is a Beautiful Thing—Which Is Exactly the Problem

The public loves ethereal immersive installations, even if art critics don't.

NYC DOT

New York City Rolls Out Its Best Bus Corridor Design Yet

It's not quite BRT, but the Woodhaven Select Bus Service plan is clear progress.