Design

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Hey, London Developers: Up Yours!

An artist's collection of "postcards" offers a grim and hilarious view of the hyper-developing city.

Simulate the Experience of Actually Having a Friend With the 'Selfie Arm'

Get ready to cringe.

One 'Solution' to Urban Air Pollution: Let's Live in Bubbles

This architectural concept sounds like something from Under the Dome.

Videos

Montreal's Interactive 375th Birthday Party Plans

An "augmented reality" app and series of short films—projected on city infrastructure—will tell the story behind Quebec's biggest city.

Your Water Footprint Is Bigger Than You Realize

A new calculator reminds us that every bite of food, every mile we drive, and every light switch we flip relies on the wet stuff.

New York Dims Its Lights to Stop Birds From Crashing Into Buildings

Hundreds of millions of migratory birds are disoriented by city lights, leading to a "fatal attraction" to brightly lit windows.

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Every Single Bodega in Manhattan, Photographed

Artist Gail Victoria Braddock Quagliata walked the whole borough to document each instance of this cultural institution.

Why the Cities of Science Fiction Feel So Familiar: #Best Cityreads of the Week

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.

Remembering the Omni, the Arena That Helped Revitalize Downtown Atlanta

It became an outdated and leaky facility rather quickly, but it also brought Atlantans and a wave of redevelopment back to the urban core.

This Pencil-Thin Tower Sets a New Bar for Skinny High-Rises

An upcoming residential tower on 44th Street in Manhattan is only 47 feet wide. Can super-slender in-fill projects help NYC's housing squeeze?

Celebrating New York Landmarks, Both Saved and Lost

An illuminating new exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York focuses on the legacy of historic preservation.

Videos

Capturing the Creation of a Huge, Immigration-Themed Art Project in NYC

This time-lapse video details how a French artist installed a massive street portrait of an immigrant pedestrian for the New York Times Magazine.

A Japanese Architect Has Turned Old Ethernet Cables Into Restaurant Decor

There's something decidedly sci-fi and apocalyptic about what Kengo Kuma has served up.

Two Designers of Las Vegas's Iconic Neon Signs Died on the Same Day

Remembering neon pioneers Betty Willis and Brian "Buzz" Leming.

Move Over Segway, Here's an Electric Unicycle

The Unio is agile and takes up less space than a bike. Unfortunately, it's still a unicycle.

These Bird-Shaped Recycling Bins Just Beg to Be Fed

The gaping-mouthed receptacles are meant to awaken one's inner parent.

This Wind-Powered Bicycle Bell Is Always Making Noise

"Bellpipes" is a bike whistle that draws from bagpipes and wind tunnels.

A Transit-Themed World's Fair May Be Coming to Los Angeles

A group of architects, engineers, and venture capitalists are pushing for it. There are obvious problems—and a not-so-obvious benefit.

A Dark D.C. Underpass Gets the 'Rain Room' Treatment

The city has embraced some of its creepiest infrastructure as an opportunity for art.