Design

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This Net-Zero Cottage Takes Tiny Houses to a Whole New Level

With its shiny recycled-metal rain screen and jauntily angled rooftop solar array, the 712-square-foot cottage is charming and sustainable.

Can a Paint Job Change a Neighborhood's Future?

Philly Painting mobilizes the community to bring a new look to a blighted neighborhood.

Residential Mobility Changes the Way You Make Friends

A new study finds that moving a lot leads to loneliness — but also leads us to expand our social networks.

The Secret to Buffalo's Farm-to-Table Culture

An interview with Christa Glennie Seychew, who's helped reinvigorate the city's local food movement.

Videos

Watch This Crazy, Creepy Sci-Fi Video Made in an Abandoned House

Artist Jeff Frost paints massive geometric shapes on walls so that they function as optical illusions, blurring the line between 2D and 3D.

California Photographer Shoots in Google Street View

Doug Rickard scours Google's maps to find instances of the ordinary buried inside.

What Does the College Classroom of the Future Look Like?

A design firm favors tossing out lectures and bringing collaboration to class.

App of the Day: A Global Map of Old Signs

Check out the unusual typography all around you.

Maps

Check Out This Food Atlas Created by 'Guerrilla Cartographers'

The book looks at everything from farmers' markets to where CSA produce comes from.

High-Fashion Bags Inspired by Third World Filth

Danielle van Lunteren's "Infected" bags spread pestilence into the ultra-clean cities of the Netherlands.

Can You Tell a City By Its Blocks?

What if blocks could be extracted, stripped of all but their essential form, and lined up for inspection? Would we know a place by the sum of its parts?

The Geography of Dog Ownership

And what that tells us about international development.

Watching People Watch the Eclipse

A rare total eclipse momentarily darkens skies over Australia.

Videos

This Guy Was Doing Parkour Decades Before It Became Cool

Is this Jackie Chan's long-lost grandfather?

Videos

Tips for Creating Public Spaces People Actually Want to Use

A city's residents understand how to make exciting streets, squares and parks. Here's how to engage them in the process.

Videos

Dance of the Day: In the Streets

You can dance if you want to; you can leave your friends behind.

Rebuilding After the Storm: The Best #CityReads of the Week

Our weekly roundup of the most intriguing articles about cities and urbanism we've come across in the past seven days.

6 Truly Strange Theme Restaurants

Ever wanted to eat dinner on the toilet? In China, you can!

The Evolution of Urban Planning in 10 Diagrams

A new exhibit from the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association showcases the simple visualizations of complex ideas that have changed how we live.