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How Germs Might Shape the Future of Architecture

Design-minded scientists are harnessing the power of bacteria to move toward healthier buildings.

Wes Anderson’s New Cafe Looks Exactly as You Hoped It Would

Bar Luce in Milan brings the filmmaker’s quirky fantasy world to life.

Maps

When Rivers Look Like Subway Systems

These maps of intersecting waterbodies will make you think twice about where yours comes from.

9 Things You Need to Know About the National Mall's Newest Museum

When it finally opens its doors, the National Museum of African American History and Culture will be one of the most contradictory institutions on the National Mall.

Life-Size 'Street Graphs' Illustrate London's Housing Crisis

Someone has been plastering existing utility boxes to represent shocking statistics on street corners.

The World Mapped as Pop Art

Roy Lichtenstein meets cartography.

Why Salt Lake City Chose to Build the First Protected Intersection for Bicycling in the U.S.

“We looked at the entire range of possibilities, and this just made so much sense.”

Maps

Turn Your City Into Legos With 'Brick Street View'

A Google Maps mod invites you to be a kid again.

The Weird, Wonderful Science of How Bicycles Balance Themselves

There's a whole line of study into how a moving bike can stay upright without a rider.

In Paris, Plans for a Seine Reinvention

Mayor Anne Hidalgo has announced an "almost philosophical project" to take the famed river's quayside back from cars.

Houston's Urban Interstate Debate: Transform, or Tear Down?

Some locals want their own High Line; others want a fresh start.

Boston Unveils an Enormous, Rainbow-Colored Spiderweb

The 600-foot-wide artwork, hanging hundreds of feet in the air, required 100 miles of rope.

This Tiny Electric Motor Gives Your Bike a Sneaky Boost

The Vivax Assist is perfect for folks who want to (secretly) convert to an e-bike.

San Francisco Wants to Lower Bike Injuries by Raising Bike Lanes

The idea is to keep motorists out of cycling space.

Maps

It's Never Been This Easy to Find a Great Topographical Map

A new open-access tool from the U.S. Geological Survey lets you browse maps of any place, time, or scale.

Videos

African Cities Are Discovering Themselves

The upcoming film Afripedia showcases the strengths and chaos of an urbanizing Africa.

Videos

'Grand Theft Auto 2,' Remade With Real People and a Drone

The Czech city of Valašské Meziříčí fills in for "Anywhere, USA" in this version. You can't play, but it's well worth watching.

Videos

What Should Be Done About Jerks Stealing Disabled Parking Spots?

Short term: Have holograms of people with disabilities pop up. Long term: Let's rethink parking entirely.

Videos

Can This Ad Convince You to Change the Way You Drive?

New York's Vision Zero program targets reckless driving with a pair of jarring new public service campaigns.