Design

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Benjamin Rosamond

Watch One World Trade Center Get Built Through a Time-Lapse Video

See years of construction fly by in this ode to rebuilding after devastation.

thestandardsmanual.com

The Long-Lost Design Bible of the NYC Subway Is (Briefly) Back in Print

It essentially created the face of the subway as we know it today.

Videos

An Endearingly Cranky Tour of Street Typography

Designer James Victore has a lot of strong opinions about the dumb fonts employed by local businesses.

Navigator
Two Sawhorses And A Door, Inc.

This Tiny Tool Will Have You Nailing Wall Art

The Eyeballer: An easy alternative to banging a bunch of holes in your wall.

The NoPhone Team

Maybe You Should Get a NoPhone Instead

Introducing a phone-shaped block that does nothing—except free you from smartphone shackles.

Brian Smithson/Flickr

Rethinking the Urban Cemetery

The future of burial might be interactive—or it might be eco-compostable.

Maps

Smartphones and the Uncertain Future of 'Spatial Thinking'

Navigation apps are transforming the way we experience urban environments, for better and for worse.

Anthony Flint

When Neighborhood Re-Branding Celebrates What's Disappearing

"Branding" revamped neighborhoods for a barely past history can feel like a backhanded homage.

Trask Bedortha

For Punk Music, Gentrification Is the New Ronald Reagan

In D.C, developers and restaurateurs are now subject to the kind of disdain that punks once held for the former president. It's only partly deserved.

Wally Santana/AP

The 'Rubber Duck' Artist Must Be Stopped

The inflatable spectacles of Florentijn Hofman don't belong in every harbor in the wide world.

Umbrella Here/Kickstarter

The Sharing Economy Comes to the Umbrella

A high-tech beacon encourages not-at-all awkward encounters with wet strangers.

Matt' Johnson / Flickr

Overall, U.S. Streetcars Just Aren't Meeting the Standards of Good Transit

It's not anti-transit or anti-rail driving the skepticism; it's anti-bad rail transit.

Videos
Hygienic Dress League

Making Ghostly Art From Detroit's Sewer Steam

Take a trip to a nightmare world full of giant pigeons and animal-headed businessmen.

David Zax

How Car Companies Are Trying to Win Back Millennials

Get ready for the dashboard selfie.

Photos
Dorothea Lange/Library of Congress

A Vast New Archive of Images From the Great Depression

A new project from Yale invites viewers to explore some 175,000 photographs of America in the 1930s and '40s.

Flickr/Moyan Brenn

You Should Spend Money on Experiences, Not Things

Anticipation of a new experience is the best part, new data shows.

Sean Davis / Flickr

The Memphis Airport Is on a Mission to Become Its Own City

But whether America's cargo capital can support a real urban center remains to be seen.

Pat Sullivan/AP

The Astrodome: The World's Largest Indoor Garden?

Houston can't quit the Eighth Wonder of the World—but it can't quite decide what to do with it, either.

Reine Chahine

In Beirut, People Are Finally Venturing to Public Parks

Decades of conflict left Lebanon without public parks. Now activists are trying to bring them back.