The philanthropist covered the U.S. in libraries between 1893 and 1919. How many survive—and the forms they've taken—points to what kind of structures make a city center.
What city wouldn't want to have a furious stone giant ready to rampage through its streets?
Whose streets? Our streets. But more than rush hour is disrupted when people take to the highways.
A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.
From the Play-O-Graph to the Jackson Manikin Baseball Indicator, the forgotten history of simulated ballgames.
As long as National Park Service budgets shrink, vandalism is going to be a feature of our favorite natural spaces.
It sounds impossible, but these shots bring out an impressionist dreaminess.
A new campaign wants to lure New Yorkers to explore neighborhoods in their own city.
Legos have been hailed as STEM toys—but let's not overlook the power of Play-Doh.
A look back at one of the first failed preservation efforts in newly preservation-minded 1960s New York.
A new spin on time-lapse tech shows city features at distinct times of day, all in one frame.
What the French gamely call the "art of insertion" is really a multimodal understanding of streets.
NYU's Constantine Kontokosta sees Big Data as a tool not just for saving energy—but for making cities healthier, more resilient, and more equitable.
This architectural magic trick would make David Copperfield proud.
A new tool called Urban Layers tracks Manhattan's rise, block by block, since 1765.
The Flussbad Berlin project represents a bold, new imagining of what a metropolitan river can be.
Caserta's La Reggia palace and grounds could bring new energy and a sense of ownership to citizens of a tourist destination—if only it wasn't so hard to get in.
How ceramic tiles featuring deities might curb an Indian health hazard: Public urination.
Teeny graffiti gets raised to high art.