Design

Datasets from the Aerial Bold Kickstarter

Turning Topography Into Typography

Aerial Bold aims to develop an alphabet out of aerial maps.

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Paris Erects an Unlikely 'Christmas Tree'

Artist Paul McCarthy stretches the boundaries of art and political commentary in the public square.

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Can This Man Bridge Two Disparate D.C. Communities—and a River?

Scott Kratz had a successful career in museum education until he stumbled upon a new calling: building an ambitious, elevated park over the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C.

Chuan Wang

China Disrupts the Rain Gear Industry with the 'Air Umbrella'

This weather wand blows raindrops 3 feet away (and perhaps onto other people).

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Would You Take the 'Walk to Get Your Groceries' Challenge?

Strong Towns wants to change the way Americans see the places they live—such as what a walk to the store reveals about infrastructure.

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Street Art's Fleeting Protest, Made Permanent

There's a political bent to photographer Yoav Litvin's new book chronicling New York's most ephemeral art.

3 Ways That Turning Parking Spots Into Parklets Helps Businesses

They increase foot traffic, attention, and in some cases, spending.

Teeny Globes Were All the Rage In 18th-Century London

And on October 22, you can pocket one at Bonhams for a few grand.

A New York Apartment, Painstakingly Rendered in Ghostly Fabric

Korean artist Do Ho Suh reconsiders the meaning of "home" with incredibly detailed sculptures of mundane yet highly personal household items.

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The Future of Transportation Is Not All Flying Cars

What we've learned from our 9-month series on tomorrow's urban mobility.

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When the '64 Olympics Came to Tokyo

A photographic tour of the city's late Summer Games.

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Prague Takes Steps to Fight Sprawl, But Not Everyone Is Pleased

As the city seeks to protect its historic districts, advertisers take to the very billboards that could be regulated to pitch dire predictions.

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Banning Cars From Central Park: Has the Time Finally Come?

New Yorkers have been fighting over this for decades. But a new proposal to study a full ban next summer would bring some sorely needed hard data to the debate.

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Vancouver's 'District Energy Utility' Can Heat Entire Neighborhoods

This experiment in "energy recycling" is like having a giant municipal hot-water heater—and the concept dates back to Roman times.

Billy Surface

How Dallas Found Its Voice

An unusual agreement between a newspaper and a university brought Mark Lamster to Dallas. Now this transplanted New Yorker has become Big D's fiercest critic of mediocrity.

Margot Krasojevic

This Surreal Floating Concept House Would Run on Tidal Energy

The living quarters are buoyant and float up and down.

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3 Big Challenges for Planning Multi-Modal Cities

It's just not as simple as "stop prioritizing cars."

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Confirmed: The Oldest Known Art in the World Is Proto-Graffiti

The first paintings made by human hands, new research suggests, were outlines of human hands.

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Life in Peak-Froyo New York

One man copes with the invasion through an anonymous Tumblr.