Design

Montreal's $1 Million Bus Stop Art

A whimsical 65-foot-high wheel will entertain Montrealers waiting for the bus, though the price tag has raised some eyebrows.

The Economics Lessons in a Single New York City Block

How Greene Street went from a red-light district to hosting some of the highest property values in the world.

Keeping Arizona's Neon Lights Aglow

Tucson is fighting to keep the historical signs, a relic of the highway era, up and running.

Immense Gummy Bears Take Over a Maltese Sidewalk

An artist created the immense, realistic candies using “anamorphic distortion.”

Maps

A New Yorker's Delightfully Stereotypical Map of America

Pretty much nothing exists outside Manhattan.

How Mass Incarceration Takes a Toll on the Environment

Both prisoners and surrounding communities are affected by this under-studied issue.

Photos

The Crumbling Grandeur of Egypt's Summer Homes

It’s a wonder some of these places are still occupied.

How Two Artists Hope to Liven Up Chicago's 'L' Tracks

“The Wabash Lights” will illuminate a stretch of elevated train tracks in whatever pattern you choose.

How Urban Designers Can Get Smaller Cities Walking

A new study identifies two important street features that draw pedestrians—outside of New York City.

Austin Is Populating an Old Landfill With Bizarre Art

The nature park will harbor a shambling behemoth, a fuzzy duck blind, and a smokey “Meat Church,” among other installations.

Navigator

Can the Drinking Fountain Make a Comeback?

How new innovations could resuscitate the crumbling infrastructure.

This Mexican Neighborhood Lives Inside a Huge Mural

A hillside has become a psychedelic hump, with paint splashed on more than 200 homes.

Videos

The Man-Made Island Jane Jacobs Approved of—But Toronto Never Built

“Harbour City,” according to the famed urbanist, was to be “the most important advance in city planning” of the 20th century.

How to Stop Jail Suicides

Sandra Bland’s death was preventable on multiple levels. A jail architect explains how design failed her nearly as badly as the police.

3 Traits Shared by New York's Most Walkable Streets

Can you say, street-level windows?

The Keys to Designing Cities With Fewer Traffic Fatalities

Reduce urban sprawl, for one thing.

The Uphill Battle to Get Solar Into D.C.'s Low-Income Households

Earlier this month, President Obama held up the city as model for bringing solar power to low-income families. He might have spoken a bit too soon.

Maps

Mapping Chicago's 'Million Dollar Blocks'

The costs of incarceration are concentrated in low-income, predominantly black communities in the city.

When Public Art Meets a Stupid Construction Mistake

A house hanging from a crane in Germany suggests grievous operator error.