Design

The Laundromat Litmus Test

If your city makes it difficult for residents to accomplish simple tasks like washing their clothes, you've got a problem.

Percent of the Day: 2 out of 3 New Yorkers Now Support More Bike Lanes

Citizens are considerably more friendly to bike lanes now than they were last year.

The Trick to Building a Space Elevator

We've got the physics all worked out. The catch is finding a cable that could stretch from the earth's surface into orbit without breaking.

Photos

A Train Station Inspired By Natural Growth and Decay

Credit this architect for building a transportation hub that looks like it'd eat you alive.

Where Your Sofa Is High-Demand Real Estate

New York City and San Francisco are the most "requested" destinations on CouchSurfing.org.

The 10 Most Compelling Historic Preservation Reads

From helpful guides to digging deeper.

I Crossed the Border for Candy

An international smuggling mission of juvenile proportions.

Eid, Around the World

Worshippers packed mosques and partied outside to celebrate the end of Ramadan.

Videos

Home Builder of the Day: CNC Printing Machine

A machine that prints house parts from 3D plans for simple human assembly.

Photos

This Highway Hunter Captures Interchanges From the Sky

Photographer Peter Andrew has been hanging out of planes to take pictures of our concrete ribbons.

Spruce Up Dull Alleys With This Rainbow Machine

Beautifying burnt-out cars, wrecked storefronts and other urban blight with the power of colored paint.

Cracking Down on Yoga in the Park

Lawmakers in D.C. want a cut from instructors hosting fitness classes in public parks.

City of Stunts

Photos of urban daredevils, the world over.

Maps

Hong Kong, the City Without Ground

Mapping the vast network of above- and below-ground walkways.

Maps

The Geography of Craft Beer

Mapping America's craft brewers state-by-state.

Photos

Why Are Swarms of Butterflies Appearing in Indianapolis?

Inside one artist's mission to cover the city with blue bugs.

Big Cities, Bad Cities, Beer Cities: The Best #CityReads of the Week

Our weekly look back at the stories you may have missed.

Product of the Day: Canned City Air

Get a whiff of a place you miss.

Videos

Watch the Icons of Google Maps Come to Life in the Real World

What happens when you insert elements from the digital realm into our physical surroundings?