Design

This Pencil-Thin Tower Sets a New Bar for Skinny High-Rises

An upcoming residential tower on 44th Street in Manhattan is only 47 feet wide. Can super-slender in-fill projects help NYC's housing squeeze?

Celebrating New York Landmarks, Both Saved and Lost

An illuminating new exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York focuses on the legacy of historic preservation.

Videos

Capturing the Creation of a Huge, Immigration-Themed Art Project in NYC

This time-lapse video details how a French artist installed a massive street portrait of an immigrant pedestrian for the New York Times Magazine.

A Japanese Architect Has Turned Old Ethernet Cables Into Restaurant Decor

There's something decidedly sci-fi and apocalyptic about what Kengo Kuma has served up.

Two Designers of Las Vegas's Iconic Neon Signs Died on the Same Day

Remembering neon pioneers Betty Willis and Brian "Buzz" Leming.

Move Over Segway, Here's an Electric Unicycle

The Unio is agile and takes up less space than a bike. Unfortunately, it's still a unicycle.

These Bird-Shaped Recycling Bins Just Beg to Be Fed

The gaping-mouthed receptacles are meant to awaken one's inner parent.

This Wind-Powered Bicycle Bell Is Always Making Noise

"Bellpipes" is a bike whistle that draws from bagpipes and wind tunnels.

A Transit-Themed World's Fair May Be Coming to Los Angeles

A group of architects, engineers, and venture capitalists are pushing for it. There are obvious problems—and a not-so-obvious benefit.

A Dark D.C. Underpass Gets the 'Rain Room' Treatment

The city has embraced some of its creepiest infrastructure as an opportunity for art.

Everyone Has a Great View in a Spinning Apartment Building

One designer's solution to class conflict caused by blocked views.

Maps

An Archive of the World's Freshest Satellite Images

A new tool lets you easily browse NASA-quality photos of Earth from 2013 up to this very minute.

Photos

Isolated from the World for 60 Years

A striking new photography book lifts the curtain on the people and places of Burma, from its time under a military dictatorship to the present day.

Maps

Mapping Toronto Through Its Poetry

A Toronto Public Library interactive lets you explore local geography through poems that mention the city.

China's Smog Inspires Absolutely Terrifying PSAs

Billowing smoke and furious animals combine in these "terror haze" illustrations.

We Need More Street Furniture Shaped Like Tulips

Get up from the "Tulpi" seat, a Dutch invention, and it closes like a flower.

Art That Understands What It's Like to Work

Overtime: The Art of Work looks back at life on the clock over the course of two centuries.

Photos

Imagining the Chilling Landscape of Unchecked Global Development

British photographer Marcus Lyon creates apocalyptic images of what cities might look like if left to grow out of control.

A Vacant House That Should Become Public Art

A Kansas City artist wants to swap out a famous sculpture for a run-down home at the city's major museum.