Design

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.

Photos

The Beauty of Africa's Traditional Architecture, In One Big Database

It includes centuries-old buildings made with mud and entire cities built on stilts.

40 Finalist Designs for New Zealand's Next Flag

Kiwis face an important decision in two upcoming referendums.

An Artist Is Turning a London Forest Into a Strange Zoo

“Phlegm” builds a different creature each day and posts them on his Instagram.

Cleveland Won the First GOP Debate

The city is taking the opportunity to make changes large and small.

Videos

A Grim Animation of All the Nuclear Explosions in History

Watch the Atomic Age evolve from 1945 to 2013.

Compton, Revisited

Dr. Dre pledges proceeds from his new album, Compton, to building a performing arts center in the city that catapulted him to stardom.

How Cambridge Became the U.K.'s Model Cycling City

It has loads of car-free areas in the historic center, for one thing.

Brooklyn May Join the Super-Tall Skyscraper Club

A downtown tower could rise more than 1,000 feet, potentially twice as high as the next tallest building in Brooklyn.

How Driverless Cars Could Turn Parking Lots Into City Parks

A huge amount of urban traffic comes from cars circling for available parking. Robot fleets could change all that.

The Hidden Health Dangers of Buried Urban Rivers

Cities have been paving over streams since the 19th century, but scientists are only now learning of potential harms to water quality.

Photos

In Mumbai, Taxis Are Transforming Into Works of Art

The Taxi Fabric project gives local designers a new vehicle to show off their work.

CityFixer

Turning Suburban Tysons Into a Walkable City Will Take Time

A year into the Silver Line era there have been some failings, but that doesn’t make the great planning experiment a failure.