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Exploring the Art Along Detroit's People Mover

Seen by many as an urban-planning boondoggle, there's a cultured side to the city's humble light rail system.

Anthony Flint

Wait Your Turn for the Swings at Boston's Adult Playground

The wildly successful Lawn on D Street is a temporary park that took no tedious city planning. Should we let more urban design emerge organically?

Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation

Honolulu Is Building America's First Fully Driverless Transit System

But there are doubts about whether it will inspire other U.S. cities to follow suit.

The Heavy Projects on Vimeo

This App Transforms Subway Ads Into Fine Art

Make your commute a "curated art experience" through augmented reality.

Jendrik Schröder

The Supermarket of the Future Has No Packaging

Bring your own boxes and jars to Berlin's Original Unverpackt, an eco-conscious business model that saves resources—and money.

UFO on Facebook

China Considers an Immense Skyscraper Shaped Like a Cloud

The strange-looking structure would be the second-tallest building on earth.

Courtesy BART

How San Francisco Is Designing Its Metro Train of the Future

BART cars are about to get their first real overhaul since the system launched in 1972.

Courtney Hatt/Facebook

Behold, Designs for the First Permanent Cat Cafe in the U.S.

A preview of the forthcoming KitTea cafe in San Francisco.

Some in Vancouver Prefer Satan to Christopher Columbus

The removal of a guerrilla-art depiction of the devil has led thousands of Vancouver residents to pledge allegiance to evil.

OLIN and OMA

Can High Design Make D.C.'s Bridge Park a Reality?

The 11th Street Bridge Park proposal aims to truly connect parts of the city divided by more than just a river.

League of Michigan Bicyclists / Flickr

So What Exactly Is a 'Road Diet'?

A closer look at what's been called "one of the transportation safety field's greatest success stories."

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Eleanor Lutz/Mapbox

Every City Is the Death Star With This 'Space Station' Map Skin

One woman's tribute to her favorite post-apocalyptic, science-fiction worlds.

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Benjamin Rosamond

Watch One World Trade Center Get Built Through a Time-Lapse Video

See years of construction fly by in this ode to rebuilding after devastation.

thestandardsmanual.com

The Long-Lost Design Bible of the NYC Subway Is (Briefly) Back in Print

It essentially created the face of the subway as we know it today.

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An Endearingly Cranky Tour of Street Typography

Designer James Victore has a lot of strong opinions about the dumb fonts employed by local businesses.

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Two Sawhorses And A Door, Inc.

This Tiny Tool Will Have You Nailing Wall Art

The Eyeballer: An easy alternative to banging a bunch of holes in your wall.

The NoPhone Team

Maybe You Should Get a NoPhone Instead

Introducing a phone-shaped block that does nothing—except free you from smartphone shackles.

Brian Smithson/Flickr

Rethinking the Urban Cemetery

The future of burial might be interactive—or it might be eco-compostable.

Maps

Smartphones and the Uncertain Future of 'Spatial Thinking'

Navigation apps are transforming the way we experience urban environments, for better and for worse.