Design

Do Cities Really Makes Us Happier?

We need places that foster positive human interaction, but they don't have to be urban.

Public Trash Cans That Aren't Overflowing with Empty Coffee Cups

A designer in Copenhagen comes up with a solution to her city's trash problem.

Turn Your Pasta Into Architecture

A conceptual project turns a box of spaghetti into an ode to a New York skyscraper.

Videos

In Copenhagen, a Rare Musical Treat for Subway Riders

An orchestral flash mob serenades commuters.

'Detropia' Offers a Bleak Vision of Detroit

The new documentary forces viewers to confront the city's rapid decline.

Someone Built This House Upside Down

Austria's newest tourist trap.

Photos

History Lesson of the Day: The Many Hats of New York's Horses

Once upon a time, they held many different jobs.

Photos

Coming Soon to Seoul, a Hashtag-Inspired Building

BIG's newest project condenses a neighborhood into a tic tac toe board.

Behind the Mask: @UrbanismAvenger Speaks!

The voice behind our favorite new Twitter feed won't reveal his or her true identity, but does offer casting notes for an all-urbanist superhero team.

Maps

Ideas for Optimizing Denver's Transit System

A new report uses reams of data to design a better transportation system.

Can Inactive Landfills Become Assets?

An ancient Roman landfill offers ideas about how our old dumps could be more useful than we realize.

Videos

Dubai Project of the Day: An Underwater Hotel

Is Dubai ready for wild real estate again? It seems like it.

Photos

A Gigantic Fake Forest For Birds-Eye Hang Outs

Singapore's new "supertrees" provide an urban space in the sky.

CityFixer

Greening Traffic Lights By Turning Them Off

If sign-less intersections reduce collisions, they almost certainly also consume less energy.

New Orleans' Bustling Monthlong Party

The city's spring festivals are booming.

Charlotte's Evolution from Sprawling Metropolis to City of Sidewalks

How the city conquered its sprawl to create a bustling downtown.

The World's Eco-Friendliest Urinal Makes Yellow Green

It's a bathroom, a planter, and a fertilizer all rolled into one.

Videos

A Strange Merry-Go-Round For Shopping Carts

An artist transformed this revolving billboard in Berlin into something that's fun for kids.

Portland Product of the Day: An Artisan .GIF Maker

An artist wants to bring animated GIFs to life the old-fashioned way.