The Secret to Harbin's Tourism Success: A Las Vegas-Style Snow Festival

China's northern-most city is dark and freezing most of the time. But it draws crowds with gigantic sculptures, light and ice shows, even tigers.


The Graffiti Artist Trying to Tag Every Surface in New York City

"I like good vandalism but you gotta know where to put it -- that's key."


Mapping the Almost-Real City

Hobbyist mapmaker Andrew Lynch is fascinated by what nearly was.


When Travel Writing Goes Wrong: London's 'City of Villages,' in Formal Wear

Even British writing on London isn't exactly a cliché-free zone.

Charlie Phillips/Flickr

One World Trade Center's Bathrooms Already Have Obnoxious Graffiti

Dishing out the latest in public-toilet news.

10 Buildings That Mimic the Complexity of Origami

Technology like 3D modeling have made it possible for architecture to mimic the elegant art of paper folding.

The Motley Roots of Data Visualization in 19th Century Census Charts

A Handsome Atlas celebrates Uncle Sam’s data chops by reproducing three Statistical Atlases from the late 1800s.

Chuck Wolfe

Picturing 10 Urban Qualities Every City Should Have

Wood-framed storefronts, natural-seeming water features, commercial porches and more.

Paris 1914

Those Old Color Photographs of Paris You've Been Seeing? Not Quite Real.

Here's what the originals look like.


Architecture That's Too Nice: 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.


A Graffiti Artist's Ode to Oscar

Eduardo Kobra honors Oscar Niemeyer with a gigantic mural in Sao Paulo.


If Only All City Lighting Looked Like This Charming Street in Athens

It's like a lamp store exploded in there!


A Painstakingly Carved City Skyline the Size of a Coffee Table

"Sketching with a band saw" is how artist James McNabb describes his process for making his micro-lumber-cityscapes.


Data-Mining NYC's Dog Obsession

New Yorkers: they're just like us.

Christina Lihan

Iconic City Landmarks, Right Out of the Land of Lilliput

Paper sculptures of architectural landmarks.

Howard Webb

What a Difference a Century Makes: Postcards of England, Then and Now

"Most of England looked a lot prettier than it does now, and people were a lot better dressed."

Maximo Riera

The 'Toad Sofa' Is 2013's Must-Have Chair



Brooklyn Building Transforms Into a Huge Equalizer

Truly mesmerizing.


Awesome Images of the Day: Streetview Kaleidoscope

The world like you've never seen it before.