Design

The Best Of 'Best Ofs' of 2011

A round-up of the strangest city highlights from alternative weeklies around the country

Reuters

Postcard From Vatican City

The bidding war that wasn't for Vatican.xxx and other news from the holy city

po.psi.que/Flickr

Balancing a City's Past and Future

How can we preserve what makes a place great while allowing it to evolve?

Maps
Reuters

Why They Call Green Bay 'Titletown'

Why cities like Green Bay win an outsize number of championships

Courtesy of LandProp

The City IKEA Built

The home retail giant is building a walkable, mostly car-free neighborhood in East London

Flickr/woosh2007

New City Slogans of 2011

The best - and strangest - in urban catch phrases

Flickr/Ben Masterson-Smith

North Korea's 7-Mile Fuschia Rainbow Hotel

The farcical design mimics the vision Kim Jong Il allegedly saw at birth

Courtesy: Little Free Library

A Library Without the Building

A handful of new programs offer books in public spaces to anyone who wants them

Postcard From Indianapolis

A downtown zip line and other news

The City and the Graphic Designer: An Interview With Olimpia Zagnoli

A unique approach to developing iconography for 150 different cities

Ruth Samuelson

Hopeful Footsteps in Mexico City’s Centro Histórico

Cutting of the neighborhood's main streets to vehicular traffic has helped reduce crime

Courtesy: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Number of the Day: 50,000

The size, in square feet, of the new art museum in northwest Arkansas

Reuters

Postcard From Liverpool

A pixelated bust doubles as a comment on the Catholic sex abuse scandal and other news

Charles Wolfe

An Urbanist's 2012 Calendar

Perspectives from the year that was and a frame for the year ahead

Flickr/Blikeng

The Geography of the Year in Music

The cities with the most singles on Pitchfork's 2011 "Best of" list

Foster and Partners

Slick Plans for a High-Speed Train Station in Spain

The London-based firm Foster + Partners has received the commission for a high-speed train station in Galicia called Ourense AVE Station

Photos
Una Arquitetos

12 Eye-Catching Storefronts

A dozen facades that are sure to attract curious shoppers

Wikimedia Commons

An Architect's Christmas: The Fallingwater App and Gingerbread Model

Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic house goes digital

Flickr/Sneakerdog

Postcard From Hampden

Holiday scenes from Baltimore's zany blue collar neighborhood