Design

A Manhattan Park Turns Into a Surreal Jungle of Mirrors

It’s like time stopped during a carnival-funhouse explosion.

Charting the Emotions of Every Room in the House

There’s “romance” in the master bedroom … and in the master bath.

Maps

An Imaginary City, 50 Years in the Mapping

Jerry Gretzinger has been working on his 1,500-square-foot map for much of his life.

Public Art That Isn’t Garbage, but Collects It

Washington's experiments in community art haven’t always been great. But a new project with the city’s public-works trucks reflects the real D.C.

Paris Has Had Enough of Your Love Destroying Its Bridges

Starting today, the city will begin removing “love locks” from the Pont des Arts, a bridge near the Tuileries garden.

Manhattanhenge Is Upon Us. Is Your Soul Prepared?

Our predictions for this weekend. May God save New York City.

Videos

Workplace Safety, as Demonstrated by Buster Keaton

Just months before his death, the silent film star starred in a gag-filled project for the Construction Safety Association of Ontario.

Maps

The Ultimate Map of New York's Mean Streets

A new visualization, based on NYPD numbers, shows just how hazardous the city is for pedestrians.

10 Bikes Take Up the Same Space as 1 Car in London

As this photograph from Camden attests.

Maps

The Age of Every Building in Los Angeles, Mapped

A fascinating resource for lovers of city planning, made possible by open data.

How Paris Is Trying to Fix One of the Worst Planning Decisions It Ever Made

The city is erecting a grandiose glass canopy over one of its most contested sites as part of a new culture and shopping complex.

Tattooed New Yorkers Report All Kinds of Nasty Skin Conditions

Researchers say going under the needle can sometimes mean rashes that last for months.

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.