New York's Next Skyscraper

Eleven finalists compete to add a new addition to the city's famous skyline.


Which Parts of the Country Produce the Most NFL Players?

Despite Friday Night Lights portrayals, there's a lot more geographic diversity in NFL prospects than you might think.

Mark Byrnes

'If Your Place Needs a Slogan, It Has a Problem': A Conversation with the Creative Director of Manchester

After a career spent designing album covers, Peter Saville talks about his unique role in crafting his hometown's identity.


What Cities Can Learn From Toronto's Green Roof Policy

Already, 1.2 million square feet of green space have been added to the city.

Have Guitar, Will Sing Songs About Urban Planning

Melanie Hammet wants to turn obscure zoning ordinances into the universal language of song.


Which Cities Are the Musical Trend Setters?

A new study ranks Atlanta, not New York or L.A., as the most influential on our musical tastes. 


Are London's 2012 Logos the Worst in Olympic History?

The city is trying to showcase its quirky side. Instead, its Olympic symbols have become a laughing stock.

Paul Kweton

A Rocking Chair for You and Your Dog or Cat

Because pets love to be swung back and forth, that's why.

Courtesy: Atelier Steffen Kehrle

A Swiss Army Knife for Cities

Atelier Steffen Kehrle has designed a kit to make urban life a little easier.


One Thing Missing from the Urban Farm Movement: Farmers

With few skilled farmers, many urban gardens become victims of neglect.

Mimi Kirk

Saying Goodbye to One of Singapore's Last Historic Cemeteries

Amid rare opposition, the land-scarce city-state prepares to build a highway through Bukit Brown.


Why Smart Growth Can't Be the Only Answer

Smart growth policies are important, but they're not enough.

David Heatwole

West Virginia's Outlaw Toilet Bandit Explains His Artistic Vision

David Heatwole was sick of looking at an empty pedestal in Martinsburg's town square. So he turned to Craigslist for inspiration.

The Copycat Project

The Irreplaceability of Baltimore's Copycat Building

The former factory is the city's most iconic artists' residence, and a new book will explore its untold history.


The World's Cleanest Flash Mob

Bubble-blowers gather in St. Petersburg.


How Building Beautiful Spaces Can Foster Environmentalism

A focus on placemaking can drive the green movement.

James Bowe/Flickr

Overdue Declaration of the Day: Death to Placemaking Banners!

They are bland, they cost too much and they don't do anything.

A Little Bit of Camp Chic for Your Urban Space

These Brutalist benches will make you feel like you're sitting around a fire.


North America's Most Distinctive Theater Marquees

A sampling of some of the most vibrant, colorful signs.