Design

The Rise and Fall of the Japanese Municipal Mascot

The country is cracking down on these cute and cuddly characters.

The National Building Museum Is Bringing the Beach Indoors This Summer

It's more like a fancy, adult ball pit.

Let's Give the World Clean Energy With Cow Vests

The "Cowolt" would use cattle's body heat to charge phones and lamps.

Why L.A.'s $1.4 Billion Sidewalk Repair Case Is Such a Big Deal

Los Angeles isn't the only jurisdiction that's been forced to confront its sidewalk problems by disability-rights advocates, and it won't be the last.

Los Angeles Just Solved the Street Parking Sign

Least. Confusing. Parking sign. Ever.

The Dutch Are Planning a Giant Wind-Turbine Tourist Attraction

The bladeless "Windwheel" would have a hotel and an odd kind of roller coaster.

Maps

Welcome Spring With This Psychedelic Map of the U.S. in Bloom

Maps from the U.S. Forest Service show signs of the season across America's forests, fields, and urban areas.

The Resurrection of One of Chicago's Most Endangered Landmarks

A young businessman may be the perfect savior for this ornate performance hall.

What We Can Learn From Mapping America's Disjointed Bike Lanes: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

Dear Museums: Stop Making Nonsense

It's time for museums to desist with the silly spectacles and get back to the good work they could be doing in the civic sphere.

Photos

Hanging Out With Nairobi's High-Rise Photography Club

A trio of photographers showcase the beauty of the city by scaling its skyscrapers.

Londoners Will Share Their Newest Swimming Pool With Plants And Animals

The pool is part of the redevelopment of Kings Cross Station and the area around it.

The Best City-Themed Patches in Baseball

If a region has something to celebrate, it's fair game for some jersey flair.

This Water-Generating Billboard Actually Grows Vegetables

Now you can have your roadside advertising and eat it, too.

Leave It to Denmark to Make a Sleek, Solar-Powered, Electric Bicycle

The Solar Bike can purr for 40 miles on sustainable energy.

How Better Data on Bike Crashes Could Lead to Safer Streets for All

A new survey of collision reporting practices reveals a ton of room for improvement.

CityFixer

'Bikes vs. Cars' Wages the Wrong War

A review of Fredrik Gertten's new documentary.

Videos

The Enduring Appeal of Vienna's Historic Coffeehouses

"In other parts of the world you have new, modern things. But the old things, I think, are more important."

Farewell to Milwaukee's Classic, Hand-Crafted Bus Passes

An important part of Milwaukee design history is coming to a close to make way for modern transit tech.