Design

A Place for the Mardi Gras Indians

With a planned “cultural campus,” New Orleans’s famed costumed tribes hope to take back their image.

Tag Team: The Graffiti Artists of 'Show Me a Hero'

The graphic designer Chris Capuozzo used photographs of Yonkers taken by his wife during the 1980s in order to achieve verisimilitude for the HBO show’s sets.

The Making of the L.A. Metro 'M'

A story of deli counters, legal threats, and hidden meanings—in one letter.

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Squeeze Your Way Across Town With the 'Egg Map'

This rubberized guide doesn’t require folding or Wi-Fi, just a firm grip.

A National Model for Better Streets Is Suddenly at Risk

In challenging the Times Square pedestrian plaza, New York City leaders are showing a profound misunderstanding about the impact of public space.

Videos

A Wonderfully Clear Explanation of How Road Diets Work

Planner Jeff Speck leads a video tour of four different street redesigns.

New Orleans, the Reluctant 'City Laboratory'

Ten years after Katrina, a complicated culture of “experiments” continues to shape the city.

5 Finalist Designs for the National World War I Memorial

There’s only one worth keeping, and it’s not even in the contest.

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Philly Barbers Aim to Boost Voter Turnout

Can training local barbers to talk to clients about civic participation increase voting?

MIT Puts Pedestrians at the Center of Urban Design

MIT Media Lab’s “Placelet” project will measure the quality of a space by tracking how people move through it.

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African Cities Are Starting to Look Eerily Like Chinese Ones

A journalist and an architect tell us how and why.

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The Link Between Green Space and Well-Being Isn't As Simple As We Thought

What does it mean for public health officials?

L.A.'s New Mobility Plan Envisions a Different Kind of City

Its car-reliant reputation might become a thing of the past.

Why Black Design Matters

African-American graduate students at Harvard are putting the urban planning and design fields on notice.

Videos

This Ladder Made of Fireworks Is Taller Than Any Building in America

Behold Sky Ladder, a pyrotechnic artwork by artist Cai Guo-Qiang, as it rises 1,650 feet into the air.

How to Pay for a New L.A. River

Frank Gehry’s involvement in the river’s revitalization could compromise public funding.

Videos

The Fight to Save Portland's Memorial Coliseum

A new video makes a case for preserving the elegant, low-key piece of modernism.

This 1940s House-Building Machine Was the Original 3-D Printer

It supposedly could crank out a two-bedroom home in 24 hours.

You Missed a Spot (and Made a Mural)

Powerwashing has transformed Poland’s Solina Dam into a work of art.