Design

How Johannesburg's Most Neglected Buildings Ended Up Splashed With Pink Paint

A group of artists hoped to spark a debate about housing, architectural preservation, and history. But did they cross the line from protest to vandalism?

San Francisco Loves to Hate the Design of Its Newest Tower

Snøhetta's designs for One Van Ness have already inspired a number of photoshopped parodies.

Can the 'Godfather' of New Louisville Revive One More Neighborhood?

Gill Holland pulled off a stunning success in Louisville's East Market area. Now he wants to do it again, across town in Portland.

The Best #Cityreads of 2014

The pieces that stuck with us this year.

A Scaled Back Dream for an Off-Shore Park

For the second time in two years, St. Petersburg, Florida, is looking to transform its pier into a destination park.

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It's Been a Big Year for Outrage in Public Art

Remembering the public artworks the fueled the most heated reactions in 2014.

Game of Thrones Could Really Use a Public Transit System

This rail proposal isn't perfect, but it sure beats taking the Eastern Road and getting sacked by a hedge knight.

America's Streets Are Safer for Drivers, But Not for Pedestrians

U.S. roads are safer than they've ever been for people who travel in cars. But has that come at the expense of those who travel on foot?

Welcome to the Startup Tijuana

With the violence of the drug war behind it, the border city is experiencing a boom of arts and startup activity, spurred by the group Reactivando Espacios.  

Can an Art Collector Save a Portland Ruin?

Jordan Schnitzer wants to turn the long-dilapidated Centennial Mills into the city's next revitalized neighborhood—even if it means reaching into his own pocket.

Maps

14 Maps That Explain 2014

A cartographic tour through the year that was.

The Biggest Transportation Breakthroughs of 2014

From driverless cars to safety initiatives, it was quite a year for advancements in mobility.

A Bare-Bones Electric Motorcycle for Green Urban Riding

This ultralight bike is designed to cut pollution and slice through traffic jams.

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A Sydney Artist's Playful Street Signs Interrupt the Mundane

"I would like the viewer to reorient themselves and think about the space they inhabit with others," says Michael Pederson.

A Look Back at the Questionable, Dog-Powered 'Poochmobile'

One of the least-likely rides of the 1930s relied on a German Shepherd trapped in a big hamster wheel.

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20 Years of Street Photography Shows Just How Boring We All Are

Dutch photographer Hans Eijkelboom captures the universal anti-style of pedestrians around the world.

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Photographing Peace Treaties and Railroads in the American West

Alexander Gardner, one of the Civil War's most important photographers, tracked the changes sweeping the western United States during the late 1860s.

In Berlin, a Shopping Mall's Flop Leads to Schadenfreude

A group of Berlin nightclub owners are now joking about turning the failing Mall of Berlin into a "techno temple." Here's why.

In Los Angeles, Density That Doesn't Overwhelm

With their new housing project, Blackbirds, an architect and developer strive for a sensitive way to build up a low-slung city.