Design

Who Destroyed This Iconic African-American Mural in Philadelphia?

The mural celebrating printmaker Dox Thrash is now a big, ugly square of paint.

Santa Monica Passed a Law to Stop Parties at One House

When your parties require special legislation, you know you're doing something right.

Hawaii's Spectular Ocean and Lava Show

The rare and stunning fusion of steam and waves could pull thrill-seekers to the island.

Videos

A 70-Year-Old Documentary About Cities Shows We Haven't Come Very Far

The walkable, bikable suburb of the "future" looks an awful lot like the smart growth ideas of today.

Photos

Behold, the Single Family Tower

A home the grows upward, not out.

2012's Best Smart Growth Projects, According to the EPA

A food store in Vermont, rezoning in Portsmouth, and five other neat efforts.

Videos

Glow-in-the-Dark Parkour Performers Light Up Bangkok

Athletes sporting LED-studded suits cast neon streaks through markets and over roofs of the Thai metropolis.

Photos

How Bruges Transformed a Vacant Soda Factory Into Town Hall

A spiffy refurbishment from Carlos Arroyo Arquitectos.

Turning Mount Everest Trash Into Treasure

An artist creates sculptures out of the garbage found on the mountain top.

Videos

The Empire State Building Becomes a Dancing, Twinkling Light Show

A sleek new system adds motion to the traditional "Tower Lights."

Videos

Bus-Stop Ads Torn Straight From Dante's Inferno

In Berlin, a shadowy street artist known as Vermibus transforms mundane billboards into creepy macabre frightscapes

Videos

Portland's New Velodrome a Big Win for Cyclists, Hematomas

A night of competitive cycling on "brakeless" single-speed cycles offers a veritable highlight reel of face planting and smashing into walls.

Videos

Prank of the Day: Black Friday at the Dollar Store

Improv Everywhere doin' that thing they do.

Photos

A Jungle Gym for City Sidewalks

A knotty lattice of colorful play-tubes is an intriguing use of a public space.

6 Absurd Architecture Projects

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a building!

What 'Wreck-It Ralph' Can Teach Us About Urban Planning

The new Disney movie offers fairly sophisticated commentary on cities and a plug for activist civic planning.

Maps

6 Great Transit Maps That Aren't Transit Maps

From classic movies to the Mississippi River to a meta map of the world's transit systems.

Maps

The Geography of America's Best Food Trucks

101 trucks in 23 metros.

The Case for Listening to NIMBYs

We’ll never make much progress by ignoring them.