Design

Videos

Watch a Utah Construction Crew Demolish a Bridge in 32 Seconds

Also, watch the Michigan Department of Transportation “slide” a new bridge into place.

A Proposal For New Orleans: Save a Skyscraper, Get a Gondola Roller Coaster

Developers hoping to save an Edward Durell Stone tower want to build a "tribute" tourist trap next door.

Ikea Is No Place for Hide and Seek

It's all fun and games until someone's actually trapped in the closet.

A Flashy, Mysterious Plan for Belgrade's Waterfront

Investors from the United Arab Emirates appear set to give Serbia's capital a Dubai-style makeover. But tons of questions remain unanswered.

A 'Building of Awe' With an Uncertain Future

Time is running out for the Paul Rudolph-designed Orange County Government Center in Goshen, New York.

Remembering Michael Graves for More Than the Portland Building

While the Portland Building may be his best known accomplishment, the architect should be remembered for his contributions to humanitarian design.

Moscow Reconnects With Its River

Much of Moscow's riverfront is a concrete barrier of roads, parking and industrial sites. Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has big plans to make it green.

Maps

Brooklyn, All Over the Maps

A new exhibition explores the borough's complexities by juxtaposing new artworks and historic maps.

CityFixer

The Complete Business Case for Converting Street Parking Into Bike Lanes

An annotated, chart-filled review of 12 studies from around the world.

Can You Spot the New Street Art in the Space Station?

After a long journey, a famed urban artist gets his work launched into orbit.

Please Let Tulsa Get This Tornado-Shaped Museum

The proposed structure would appear to revolve like a roaring, god's-honest twister.

This Bluetooth-Enabled U-Lock Shrieks at Bike Thieves

The smart lock's piercing alarm can draw attention from 150 feet away.

Maps

A Lost Design for a NYC Subway Map, Rediscovered

In 1964, R. Raleigh D'Adamo won a contest to design a better diagram for the New York subway. Now he's teamed up with a graphic designer to bring it back to life.

In New Orleans, Reviving the Memory of a Forgotten Chinatown

An artist commemorates the city's now-extinct Chinese business district.

Why Some Parklets Work Better Than Others

A detailed new report out of Philadelphia finds the type of businesses closest to a parklet play a key role in their success.

London Is Turning Old Phone Booths Into Free Cell Phone Charging Stations

The retrofitted payphones give no-strings-attached power through public advertising.

Maps

How Fractals Bring Imaginary Cities to Life

Artist Emily Garfield maps places that don't exist. "I think that's related to the way cities grow in real life."

Photos

Amid Rapid Urbanization, African Designers Emerge Front and Center

A new exhibit, "Making Africa," showcases the continent's modern—and influential—creative class.

The Weirdest Seat in New York

Artist Shani Ha's "Table for Two" installation evokes the isolation of city life.