Design

Maps

It's Never Been This Easy to Find a Great Topographical Map

A new open-access tool from the U.S. Geological Survey lets you browse maps of any place, time, or scale.

Videos

African Cities Are Discovering Themselves

The upcoming film Afripedia showcases the strengths and chaos of an urbanizing Africa.

Videos

'Grand Theft Auto 2,' Remade With Real People and a Drone

The Czech city of Valašské Meziříčí fills in for "Anywhere, USA" in this version. You can't play, but it's well worth watching.

Videos

What Should Be Done About Jerks Stealing Disabled Parking Spots?

Short term: Have holograms of people with disabilities pop up. Long term: Let's rethink parking entirely.

Videos

Can This Ad Convince You to Change the Way You Drive?

New York's Vision Zero program targets reckless driving with a pair of jarring new public service campaigns.

How a Quick Glimpse of Nature Can Make You More Productive

Green roofs are great for the environment. Turns out they're great for tired workers, too.

If It's New York vs. San Francisco, Only Waggish Cartoons Will Do

Garbage mounds and delayed trains, or annoying techies and no nightlife?

Videos

Could an Old Design Create a Safer Central Park?

A new organization says that restoring the park's historic arches would result in fewer collisions between pedestrians and cyclists.

Is New York Quietly Changing Its Subway Station Lettering?

New photos of the 2nd Avenue line suggest a pretty bold change in station tile style.

Navigator

Customizing the Crosswalk Experience

What if an intersection could tell when you were coming, and adapted to your needs?

A Legendary Las Vegas Casino Will Get a Dynamite Send-Off

The iconic Riviera will close its doors Monday and prepare for implosion as the Strip gets reinvented for a new generation.

How One Australian City Revitalized Itself Through 'Placemaking'

Any dead street in Adelaide is fair game for an experiment in bringing it to life.

Win a Date With Your Favorite Starchitect!

Bid on time with artists, curators, and others in the design field at the Van Alen Institute's "experience auction" fundraiser.

Photos

Hey, London Developers: Up Yours!

An artist's collection of "postcards" offers a grim and hilarious view of the hyper-developing city.

Simulate the Experience of Actually Having a Friend With the 'Selfie Arm'

Get ready to cringe.

One 'Solution' to Urban Air Pollution: Let's Live in Bubbles

This architectural concept sounds like something from Under the Dome.

Videos

Montreal's Interactive 375th Birthday Party Plans

An "augmented reality" app and series of short films—projected on city infrastructure—will tell the story behind Quebec's biggest city.

Your Water Footprint Is Bigger Than You Realize

A new calculator reminds us that every bite of food, every mile we drive, and every light switch we flip relies on the wet stuff.

New York Dims Its Lights to Stop Birds From Crashing Into Buildings

Hundreds of millions of migratory birds are disoriented by city lights, leading to a "fatal attraction" to brightly lit windows.