Design

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How New York, Chicago, and L.A. Explain the 1960s and '70s

The City Lost and Found explores a turbulent time in the U.S. by looking to the country's three largest cities.

The Precedent-Setting Possibilities of the New Edward M. Kennedy Institute in Boston

The "Lion of the Senate" may have been a special case, but it's not hard to imagine more senatorial libraries down the road.

How 1980s Atlanta Became the Backdrop for the Future

The Southern capital has set the scene for dystopian thrillers such as Divergent and The Walking Dead, most notably via buildings designed by the architect John Portman.

Photos

Inside China's Unknown Mega-City

Photographer Tim Franco captures the massive urbanization of Chongqing, which has been described as "the biggest city you've never heard of" and "China's Detroit."

Who Are the Tiny People in Architectural Renderings?: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

The Best Plan Yet to Save Houston's Astrodome

Let's turn the "world's biggest room" into an indoor park, with trees, flowering plants, and an aquaponics research lab.

This Oakland Sculpture Changes Color to Suit the Weather

Its chameleon surface is reportedly similar to currency's anticounterfeiting paint.

Something's Not Right with San Francisco's New iPhone Ads

But pranksters, not Apple, are behind the hilariously ugly selfies.

Maps

Cornfields, Trees, and Water: Mapping the Rest of America

Most maps of the U.S. prioritize metropolitan areas. But "Minimal Maps" single out the nation's forests, crops, and waterbodies.

Videos

Tokyo's New 'Floating Flower Garden' Is a Beautiful Thing—Which Is Exactly the Problem

The public loves ethereal immersive installations, even if art critics don't.

New York City Rolls Out Its Best Bus Corridor Design Yet

It's not quite BRT, but the Woodhaven Select Bus Service plan is clear progress.

Shopping Malls Aren't Actually Dying

Photos of creepy, abandoned malls are eerie, but misleading. Most of America's malls are doing just fine.

A New Frontier in Disease Prevention: Lightbulbs

Artificial light can attract insects carrying deadly pathogens—a big concern in developing nations. Can customized LEDs help?

Miami Takes a Big Step Toward Walkability

The city wants to convert car-friendly Biscayne Boulevard into pedestrian-friendly Biscayne Green.

A Precarious Bus Sculpture Inspired by 'The Italian Job'

It's both an unsettling illusion and massive movie spoiler.

Win the Night With This Dress Made From 192 BART Fare Tickets

Express your love for Bay Area transit by wearing little pieces of it.

This Seattle Street Art Only Appears When It's Raining

The invisible sidewalk ink puts a positive spin on the gloomy weather.

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New York's Newest Subway Expansion Is Delayed, But at Least the Photos Are Gorgeous

The MTA now says the new 7 train station will open this summer.

How Stockholm Became the Ultimate Walkable City

The quality of life in many neighborhoods in the Swedish capital is directly influenced by a decision to almost entirely eliminate cars.