Design

LVMH

The Anxiety of Paris, Captured in a Single Department Store

A judge's ruling over renovations to La Samaritaine has the city wondering about its future. 

Wikimedia Commons

How World War II Revolutionized Maps: Best #CityReads of the Week

A round-up of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.

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ASK Studio

Smoker's Shelters: A Hot New Design Frontier?

“It makes you want to smoke so you can be in it.”

Videos
Clearwater Mills LLC

A Giant Wheel Is Cleaning Up Baltimore's Garbage-Filled Inner Harbor

The water and solar-powered device is expected to pick up as much as 800,000 pounds of garbage a year.

Jeff Goldberg/ESTO

Reclaiming the Space Where the Twin Towers Stood

A New Yorker's first impressions of the 9/11 Memorial Pavilion. 

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Fernando Barbella

Imagining the Future of Signage

"DON'T HONK YOUR HORN. ROBOT IN CHARGE WON'T REACT TO IT."

Kathleen McDermott

This Robotic Dress Fights for Your Personal Space

It expands like a balloon to drive unwanted creepsters away.

Cheryl Cort/Smart Growth America

The Most Dangerous U.S. Cities for Pedestrians

Between 2003 and 2012, 47,025 pedestrians were killed by drivers in the United States.

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Michael Freeman/Museum of the City of New York.

Remembering the Father-Son Virtuosos of New York's Historic Arches and Vaults

The Guastavinos helped design thousands of buildings around the U.S., but nowhere is their work as prominent as in New York City.

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Adolf Bereuter

A Tiny Austrian Town Has the Coolest Bus Shelters We've Ever Seen

Each designed by an international architect.

Idan Noyberg/Gal Bulka

Is This the Way to Find Privacy on Economy Flights?

It might make you look like a big, misanthropic baby, but this head sling for fliers promises solitude and comfort.

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Mark Byrnes

Capturing the Signs of a Changing D.C.—Before They Disappear

Where the biggest demographic shifts are happening along the city's Green line, the buildings are changing with them.

Maps
Londonmmapper.co.uk

Browsing an Incredible New 'Social Atlas of London'

With Londonmapper, we can visualize anything from knife crime to hedgehog sightings in the British capital.

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Aaron Rose/Courtesy MCNY

The Self-Described 'Hermit' Who Took Some of History's Most Unforgettable Pictures of Coney Island

Photographer Aaron Rose spent a lifetime hiding in plain sight. 

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David Friedman

A Pixelated Look at Early 2000s New York, Through a Game Boy Lens

Unusually retro shots of life in New York City.

Collection Marc Walter/TASCHEN

When America First Saw Itself in Color

A new book looks back at the Detroit Publishing Company's stunning Photochrom postcards. 

Steve Weinik

Philadelphia's Newest Art Venue: The Amtrak Corridor

A series of murals asks rail commuters to "think about this space that they hurtle through every day."

Reuters

China's Latest Architectural Copycat: Egypt's Great Sphinx

Why travel to Giza when Shijiazhuang has its own noseless replica?

Don ZanFagna/Rediscovered Masters

This Forgotten 1970s Collage Artist Now Seems Like He Saw the Future

Don ZanFanga was especially obsessed with the twin towers of the World Trade Center.