Design

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.

Videos

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.

Photos

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.

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.