From 1925 Bank Vault to Swanky Eatery: The Story of Cleveland’s Crop Bistro

"It was almost like it was [originally] designed to be a restaurant."


A Matrimonial First for Taiwan

Two women tie the knot in the country's first same-sex Buddhist wedding.

Adi Kalina

A Chair That Lets You Do Your Office Job in a Park

Chairs with umbrellas and desks invite you to hang around.


Why Restaurant Week Won't Die, Despite the Haters

Every year, critics complain about amateur eaters and disappointing food. So why do so many cities keep the tradition going?


Labyrinth of the Day: Salt Paintings of Motoi Yamamoto

The Japanese artist designs massive mazes by pouring salt on the floor.


IKEA's Move Into Urban Development

The retail giant gets into the boutique hotel business.


Kathmandu's Street Children

Performers struggle to make ends meet.


Is There a Limit to How Tall Buildings Can Get?

"We could do at least a mile and probably quite a bit more."

CoLab Radio

An Ode to Abandoned Chairs

Have a seat.


Laurel Roth's Weird, Wonderful Pigeon Sweaters

These bespoke costumes are both cute and acidic, a commentary on all the birds that America has destroyed.


Happy 80th Birthday, LEGO

The company is celebrating its anniversary this week with a short film on LEGO history.


Meet the Newest Wonder of the World

You're probably already vaguely acquainted. 

Live Art Installations

100 Bassists Recreate the Battle of Copenhagen

Ten-dozen musicians, aerial and aquatic dancers, antique ships and explosives experts join up for a naval spectacular.

Alisa Andrasek and Jose Sanchez

A Massive, Infinitely Reshapable 'Toy' in Trafalgar Square

A new piece of interactive design invites community participation.

JoAnn Greco

For Buffalo's Grain Elevators, an Experimental Second Act

The formerly empty icons have become a space for art, ping pong balls, and eerie trombone concerts. 

Paul Krueger/Flickr

Popularity Contest of the Day: Urban Infrastructure, on Flickr

What do we photograph more, stop signs or streetlights?


What Does Preservation Mean in a City Without History?

Rapidly developing Abu Dhabi considers saving its disappearing past.


A Video Game That Side-Scrolls the City Skyline

Skyscrapers and burning streets are the setting of a new game for Playstation, with music by Beck.


Buttermilk Vans, Icemen, and Lots of Hats: Washington Circa 1936

An old WPA video shows the capital bustling through the Great Depression.