Design

How Dead Bodies Could Help Green the Urban Canopy

Who's up for getting stuffed into an egg-shaped sack and growing into a tree?

Orlando Prepares for a 'Skyscraper' That Will Dominate Its Skyline

With plans for the world's tallest roller coaster, Orlando is winning the global race to build soaring structures that aren't buildings.

Videos

How the Discovery of Thousands of Hoarded Maps Transformed L.A.'s Public Library

One man's lifelong collection doubled the institution's map holdings in a day.

Next Economy

A New Life for Dead Malls

Developers have had to get creative when it comes to salvaging America's failing shopping centers, turning them into hospitals, churches, and even parks.

Now More Than Ever, London Needs a 'Death Pyramid'

Why the city should revive a 19th-century plan for an uptown necropolis, population 5 million.

Maps

Where the Furries Are

You might live in a hotbed of people named AssassinWulf and Keenora Fluffball and not even know it.

Videos

The Laws That Shape Washington, D.C.'s Sidewalks

For instance, there's a reason why the city has so many tree-lined streets.

Maps

This Artist Spent 3 Years Mapping Every Brooklyn Block—With Garbage

Jennifer Maravillas' "71 Square Miles" captures the diversity of the borough through the items left behind there.

Route 66 by Bicycle: The Complete Guide

The Adventure Cycling Association has just put out six detailed maps and brochures for cyclists planning to tackle the historic highway.

Your Credit Card Is Now Your Fare Card on the Mumbai Metro

Adoption of similar mass transit technology in the U.S. may not be far off.

Videos

A Novel Solution to Public Urination: Walls That Splash Pee Right Back at You

Hamburg's St. Pauli nightlife quarter deals with more than its fair share of rogue urinators. Residents there are hoping liquid-resistant paint will help.

This Strange Stockholm Wind Farm Generates Power Through Writhing Tentacles

The proposed "Strawscraper" would create energy from the gyration of thousands of follicles.

Photos

Behold, Famous Landmarks Shot in the Fourth Dimension of Time

These surreal photos use as many as 36 different shots taken throughout the day.

This Aspiring Urban Planner Is Making Waves in Florida

Most 15-year-olds don’t spend their spare time studying walkability and public housing. Dylan Gentile is not most 15-year-olds.

Next Economy

$350 Million Might Not Be Enough to Save Las Vegas

Spending millions to revitalize a struggling portion of the city might seem like a good bet, but the current effort led by a billionaire CEO is facing major challenges.

The Record-Setting Skyscrapers You've Never Heard Of: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

The Best of City Makers

Looking back on our series about the people and ideas changing cities around the world.

An Artist's Dark But Loving Graphic Ode to Suburbia

Artist Ben Tolman creates incredibly intricate drawings that dig for the heart beneath the hard edges of the built environment.  

Teaching Driverless Cars to Fit Your Human Driving Style

After all, not everyone takes an off-ramp the same way.