Design

2 Dire Predictions About the 2022 Qatar World Cup

After Wednesday’s FIFA arrests, probes continue into upcoming games. But we already know it’s unconscionable to hold the World Cup in Qatar.

Toward the Peaceful Coexistence of Buses and Bikes

A design solution known as the “floating” bus stop is gaining attention in U.S. cities.

The Tiny House Powered Only by Wind and Sun

At last, a micro-cottage for people who don’t want to figure out electrical wiring and plumbing.

The Fantastical, Yet Still Plausible, Plan to Build a New Megacity in Turkey

In the run-up to June’s general elections, the country’s opposition party announced plans for a new city called Merkez Turkiye that would cost $200 billion to construct.

The Underappreciated Architecture of Waffle House

New Orleans is getting a 'fancy' version of the 24-hour American breakfast chain. This is not a good development.

When Using the Sidewalk Means Breaking the Law: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

Videos

Paris or New York?

A short animation pits the two iconic cities against one another.

Maps

Mapping the New York That Once Was

An addictive new interactive project marries a vast array of archival photos with a detailed map of the city.

Seoul Plans a Sublime, Flower-Covered High Line

The converted overpass will be packed with flowers, tea shops, and even a library.

What Urban Design Can Actually Do to Address Police Violence

Leaders in the field discuss what design can—and can’t—accomplish in the service of communities like Baltimore and Ferguson.

San Francisco May Put a Moratorium on New Development in the Mission

It’s a misguided idea that would only exacerbate the city’s housing and displacement crisis.

A Nifty Visualization of the 'Vicious Cycle' of Bus Bunching

See how small delays can lead to big commuting headaches in this interactive.

Maps

The 50 States of Highly Specific Food Cravings

A new map uses Foursquare data to reveal the most unique tastes in food or drink, state by state.

The Secrets to Philadelphia's Bicycle Success

For one thing: narrow, European-style streets.

A Man Is Slowly Filling Europe With 3D Models of His Face

Artist Gregos has plastered cities with more than 1,000 pseudo-Gregoses.

Why Fit Cities Aren't Enough

The annual ranking of fittest cities doesn’t address important inequalities.

Can Regenerative Design Save the Planet?

A Vancouver building illustrates how architecture can make an active, positive contribution to the environment.

One Artist's Vivid Distortions of Google Earth Images

The Ultradistancia project drenches well-known landscapes with new colors.

Why It Won't Do Any Good to Add Seatbelts on Trains

In some cases they might add to the death toll of a crash.