Design

Anne Hamersky

How an Audio Booth Changed the Conversation Around a Major S.F. Redevelopment Project

The team reviving a former power plant in Bayview-Hunters Point partnered with StoryCorps, and the community response was pretty incredible.

PinPin Studio

A Playground Made Entirely of Snow and Ice

Leave it to the Swedes to come up with a brilliant winter weather opportunity.

Videos

Every Year There's a New Viral Video of This Japanese Bike-Parking Robot

It's not hard to see why people love it so much, though.

Vertical Harvest

The Case for Vertical Farming in Small-Town Wyoming

With harsh winters and a remote location, Jackson, Wyoming, has been unusually dependent on food trucked in from far away. Here's how one company hopes to change that.

BigUpMag/Instagram

A Groovy Symbol Appears on a San Francisco Beach

The sandy masterpiece was made by an artist who does huge, intricate earthworks.

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The Jerde Partnership

Remembering America's Mall Maestro, Jon Jerde

America has lost a titan of design and planning. It's time that everyone learned his name.

Want Your City to Thrive? Look to Its Trees

Communities like Culver City, California, are focusing on urban forest plans to help protect a major economic and environmental asset: the tree canopy.

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Yener Torun

Istanbul's King of Instagram

A local architect uses his camera to showcase the colorful side of one of the world's oldest cities.

Flickr/Cory Doctorow

Skipping the 13th Floor

Humans assign so much meaning to numbers that superstition affects infrastructure design.

Videos

What the Beltline Really Means to Atlanta

An inside look at this 22-mile pedestrian-friendly corridor, circling downtown and eventually connecting 45 neighborhoods with each other.

Wiki Commons

Say Goodbye to the Classic White Boxy U.S. Postal Truck

The postal service wants to change over its fleet by 2018.

Dppowell/Wikipedia

Why Is America Dotted with Giant, Concrete Arrows?

These old air-mail beacons are visible all over the land (if you know where to look).

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Library of Congress

This Century-Old Map of Hershey Headquarters Is Pretty Sweet

In the town of Hershey, the streets are named for chocolate. Watch your step near the gum factory.

kainsaw/Shutterstock

Improving Cairo for the Many, Not the Few

The Tadamun project seeks to broaden the discussion about Cairo's future.

Larry Reinebach

Sarasota Through the Eyes of One of Its Most Outspoken Architects

The Florida city would be a much different place without Tim Seibert and the Sarasota School of Architecture.

AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Don't Say 'Cyclists,' Say 'People on Bikes'

A group of Seattle-based safer streets advocates say they've been able to foster a much more civil debate by changing up the language they use.

Fra.Biancoshock

An Artist Covers a Street with Giant Cockroaches

These insectoid hulks belong in a zoo.

Hey Paul Studios

Please Let China's New Fare Card Be a Slap Bracelet

Here's hoping the 1990s are back!

İyi Ofis

Why DIY Public Spaces Are Starting to Take Off in Turkey

"We felt a real hunger in Istanbul for projects that are bottom-up."