Design

Reuters

So Are People Moving Back to the City or Not?

A new analysis shows downtown cores are gaining population, but the numbers are still up for debate

Courtesy SWA

Transforming Blight Into a Destination

'Landscape Infrastructure' offers multi-functional approaches to getting the most out of existing spaces

Photos
Waterfront Toronto

The Best New International Parks

Varying in form and scale, these green spaces from around the world stand out from the rest

Videos
meawoppl

Amazing Time-Lapse of the Build-Up and Take-Down of Burning Man

The annual desert event is the ultimate temporary city

Maps
Bostonography

The Map Geeks Behind 'Bostonography'

Enterprising cartographers explore the mappability of Boston

Courtesy OpenIDEO

Can a Single Good Idea Save Detroit?

Innovation platform OpenIDEO is searching for ideas to revitalize cities

Reuters

Do Doctors Avoid City Smog More Than Others?

In Los Angeles, at least, the answer is no

Penguin Press

How the Windows of Skyscrapers Get Washed

Architects of the world's tallest buildings have to consider façade maintenance and cleaning from the very beginning

NASA

San Francisco's 1971 Earthquake, the Educational Video

Groovy NASA archival film explains how any why earthquakes affect the Bay Area the way they do

Courtesy John King

John King on Watching a City Change Through its Buildings

The San Francisco Chronicle's urban design critic examines the buildings that define his city

Library of Congress

Cleveland's New Deal-Era Public Housing Posters

The Midwest city's approach was much friendlier than New York's

Courtesy CityFabric

Communicating the City With a Shirt

Company prints images of cities to spark conversation

Videos
StrongTowns

The 'Diverging Diamond' Interchange Is an Abomination

A "recovering" engineer tears apart the latest "complete streets" design trend

Andre Langenus

Crazy for Containers

Shipping container designs have become so ubiquitous they've merited their own exhibition

Courtesy Tim Simmons

A Glimpse of Nature, Via Downtown Billboards

A photo project in Los Angeles and Philadelphia implants images of nature on urban billboards and buildings

Videos
Caren Firouz / Reuters

Temporary City, Population 3 Million

Pilgrims converge on Mecca for the Hajj, and fill its massive tent city

Beth Zeigler

What to Do With a Glut of Reusable Bags

One woman's quest to give away all the extra grocery bags she's collected

Everyblock/Willjam

Big Neighborhood Drama Over Big Blue Sculpture

Chicagoans question legality of a front-yard sculpture's size, reach, and look

NFB/Interactive

'One Millionth Tower': A Virtual Document of Highrise Life

More than a billion people live highrises, but many are now falling into disrepair. A new interactive film project looks at how residents can work together to improve them