Design

City of Gainesville

Why One Florida City Reversed Its Road Diet

As Gainesville returns bike lanes to cars, the decision reflects a broader debate over removing traffic lanes.

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Cynthia Connolly

An Artist Finds a Little Bit of Los Angeles Everywhere

Photographer Cynthia Connolly captures the faded glamor of the city's rooftop signage—even in Virginia, New York, and D.C.

Joel Sternfeld/Courtesy of Melinda Hunt

Finding the Stories of NYC's Unclaimed Dead

An interactive project is building a community around the thousands buried in the city's inaccessible Hart Island cemetery.

Will Shoes One Day Generate Renewable Energy?

These insoles would let wearers produce electricity and feed it into the grid.

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How to Build an Igloo

The National Film Board of Canada digs up an old video that makes the current wintry East Coast weather seem downright tropical.

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Meet the Man Trying to Fix L.A.'s Zoning

Tom Rothmann is charged with streamlining a crazy-quilt zoning code that dates back to 1946. It won't be easy.

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Morfai

A Giant, Fake Moon Rises in an Abandoned Lithuanian Building

Residents of Kaunas are seeing double due to a local artist's surreal astronomical illusion.

PLOS One

What Makes Nature Look Natural?

Understanding the visual elements that scan as "natural" could mean better design for built environments.

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India's Government Will Now 'Check and Verify the Use of Toilets'

It's an unprecedented plan aimed at eliminating open defecation across the country. Could it work?

Ryan Lenora Brown

How Johannesburg's Most Neglected Buildings Ended Up Splashed With Pink Paint

A group of artists hoped to spark a debate about housing, architectural preservation, and history. But did they cross the line from protest to vandalism?

Richard Meier & Partners/Snøhetta

San Francisco Loves to Hate the Design of Its Newest Tower

Snøhetta's designs for One Van Ness have already inspired a number of photoshopped parodies.

John Nation

Can the 'Godfather' of New Louisville Revive One More Neighborhood?

Gill Holland pulled off a stunning success in Louisville's East Market area. Now he wants to do it again, across town in Portland.

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The Best #Cityreads of 2014

The pieces that stuck with us this year.

New St. Pete Pier

A Scaled Back Dream for an Off-Shore Park

For the second time in two years, St. Petersburg, Florida, is looking to transform its pier into a destination park.

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Charles Platiau/Reuters

It's Been a Big Year for Outrage in Public Art

Remembering the public artworks the fueled the most heated reactions in 2014.

Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO

Game of Thrones Could Really Use a Public Transit System

This rail proposal isn't perfect, but it sure beats taking the Eastern Road and getting sacked by a hedge knight.

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America's Streets Are Safer for Drivers, But Not for Pedestrians

U.S. roads are safer than they've ever been for people who travel in cars. But has that come at the expense of those who travel on foot?

Hernan Cazares

Welcome to the Startup Tijuana

With the violence of the drug war behind it, the border city is experiencing a boom of arts and startup activity, spurred by the group Reactivando Espacios.  

Brian Libby

Can an Art Collector Save a Portland Ruin?

Jordan Schnitzer wants to turn the long-dilapidated Centennial Mills into the city's next revitalized neighborhood—even if it means reaching into his own pocket.