Design

Urban Reviewer

Every Master Plan in New York City History, Collected in a Single Place

A Brooklyn group tracked the history of the city's urban-renewal projects—and gave some still-vacant spots a future.

A Handful of São Paulo Trash Cans Got a World-Cup Makeover

Several of them now look like squat men carrying garbage bins as backpacks. Here's why.

City of Los Angeles

Why Cities Should Be More Skeptical of New Cultural Centers and Expansions

On the other side of a major U.S. arts building boom, some civic leaders still think that luring cultural centers—no matter the cost—means instant success.

Data Cuisine

Turning Demographic Data Into Delicious Food

To learn the sorry state of affairs of youth employment in Spain, try the "Unemployed Pan con Tomate."

Photos
Francois Prost

A Photographic Homage to the Suburban Nightclubs of Europe

When the sun comes up, these postmodern fun palaces show off their architectural quirks. 

Photo courtesy Oita Toilennale Executive Committee

Japan's Toilennale Is Like the Venice Biennale, But for Toilets

The city of Oita is commissioning artists and designers to turn 12 of its public lavatories into working art installations.

Archive.org/Library of Congress

Olmsted the Hero, Moses the Villain

History views master planners Frederick Law Olmsted and Robert Moses very differently. 

Homelessfonts.org

A New Typeface Inspired by the Handwriting of the Homeless

"Homeless Fonts" is a Spanish project to turn hand-scrawled cardboard signs into charitable assistance.

CityFixer
James Corner Field Operations

Minneapolis's Most Famous Street Gets Ready For a Makeover

Built in 1968 and last updated in 1991, Nicollet Mall is getting a new name and look.

Debra Bruno

The Strange Case of Datong, China's Half-Finished Faux 'Ancient' City

An ambitious former mayor started gutting the historic city center and replacing it with replicas. Then he left town. 

NOAA

The World Cup's Balls, If Flattened, Are Psychedelic Art

When laid out in two dimensions like world maps, these soccer ball patterns become seriously groovy.

Érica Ramalho/Governo do Rio de Janeiro

A Brief History of Brazil's Most Treasured World Cup Stadium

Estádio do Maracanã, unlike some other stadiums around Brazil, is currently problem-free. But that wasn't always the case. 

Andrew Seaman/Flickr

Five Letters Are Driving Chicago Out of Its Mind

If Chicago sees Donald Trump as a threat, does that mean it takes its architecture too seriously?

Belatchew Arkitekter

A Bold Architectural Proposal to Get People to Eat Bugs

Stockholm designers want to get everybody eating crickets from giant "vermin farms" by 2018.

CoeLux

A Lighting System That Imitates Daylight, Sun and Sky Included

An exhibit at the Venice Architecture Biennale demonstrates visionary technology that recreates the clear blue sky.

Photos
Reuters

The Many Goal Posts of Brazil

Serene photographs that remind us Brazil still loves soccer as much as it hates the politics behind their World Cup.

tantrik71/Shutterstock.com

How Urban Design Could Help Reduce Rape in India

Delhi's avoidance of mixed-use development patterns isn't helping matters. 

From Europe, a Beautifully Simple Concept for a Kick Scooter

The Pigeon folds with a foot press to carry on the shoulder like a lightweight rifle.

London Now Has a Robot Sculpture You Can Sleep In

For only $4,200, you too can pretend to be eaten by the Iron Giant.