Design

On Airpnp, Supply and Demand Heads to the Bathroom

What a peer-to-peer, pay-to-pee service says about the lack of public restrooms in Western cities.

The Invention of America's 'Love Affair' With the Automobile

One historian calls it a "masterstroke of public relations" made possible by a single 1961 television special.

Can a Beehive-Inspired Overpass Unite a City?

New Britain, Connecticut, is split by a highway overpass—which is also the city's main street. Will a high-design walkway bridge deep divisions?

Berlin's Hacked Billboards Look Like Creepy, Hellish Ghosts

These tortured, melting faces appear to have escaped from someone's nightmare.

This Ridiculously Fun Data Wheel Matches Names with Their Most Common Occupations

Jason is a "firefighter," Hanna a "journalist," Casey a "plumber," and on down the line.

It's Time to Bring Back the Old Super Bowl City Logos

For decades, the NFL favored designs celebrating the game's host cities over the boring logos we're stuck with today.

Maps

Chicago, the Last Great Capital of Cartography

As America grew in the late 19th century, so did mapmaking—and Chicago was at the heart of it.

Photos

Exploring the Doorways of 1970s New York

The New York Public Library's new interactive tool makes it easier than ever to peruse Roy Colmer's unique photo project.

How the Next Generation of Detroit Artisans Found a Home

At the Rust Belt Market in Ferndale, the maker movement is remixing Detroit's industrial heritage.

This Nostalgic Street Art in Shanghai Is Being Erased by Chinese Authorities

Frustrated locals say they are concerned about the suppression of creativity.

Photos

Las Vegas Through the Lens of a Location Scout

Artist Catherine Borg's newest project finds Sin City amid photographs taken for the 1995 film Casino.

What's Really At Stake in the Battle Over Street Vending: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

Why Architects and Second-Tier Cities Need Each Other

Ambitious architects tend to cluster in the same metropolises: New York, Chicago, L.A. (not to mention Beijing and London). But when they strike out for second-tier cities, it can be a win-win.

7 Design Lessons From the World's Most Gorgeous BRT Stations

Ideas that help distinguish the service from a regular old bus.

London Will Indeed Build a Skyscraper Shaped Like a 'Can of Ham'

A tower reminiscent of potted meat will complement the city's other food-shaped buildings.

Can a Massive Museum Expansion Get Texans Walking?

What sets the expansion of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, apart is one of its secondary goals: to make the Museum District a real, walkable neighborhood.

As Colleges Cut Sports, Will Cities Lose?

Budget cuts have college teams across the U.S. on the chopping block. Could losing sports tourism preserve other city infrastructure in the long run?

Can Boomers Make Cohousing Mainstream?

Popular in northern Europe, cohousing is still a fringe option in the U.S. But the number of cohousing communities here is set to climb, thanks to Baby Boomers.

How to Paint a 'Love Letter' to a City

Stephen Powers and ICY Signs resuscitate the art of sign-painting—along with the morale of those in Baltimore's poorest neighborhoods.