Design

Stephan Brander

A 'Building of Awe' With an Uncertain Future

Time is running out for the Paul Rudolph-designed Orange County Government Center in Goshen, New York.

Mel Evans/AP

Remembering Michael Graves for More Than the Portland Building

While the Portland Building may be his best known accomplishment, the architect should be remembered for his contributions to humanitarian design.

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Moscow Reconnects With Its River

Much of Moscow's riverfront is a concrete barrier of roads, parking and industrial sites. Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has big plans to make it green.

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BRIC

Brooklyn, All Over the Maps

A new exhibition explores the borough's complexities by juxtaposing new artworks and historic maps.

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The Complete Business Case for Converting Street Parking Into Bike Lanes

An annotated, chart-filled review of 12 studies from around the world.

@AstroSamantha

Can You Spot the New Street Art in the Space Station?

After a long journey, a famed urban artist gets his work launched into orbit.

Kinslow, Keith & Todd

Please Let Tulsa Get This Tornado-Shaped Museum

The proposed structure would appear to revolve like a roaring, god's-honest twister.

Nokē

This Bluetooth-Enabled U-Lock Shrieks at Bike Thieves

The smart lock's piercing alarm can draw attention from 150 feet away.

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Raleigh D'Adamo and Reka Komoli

A Lost Design for a NYC Subway Map, Rediscovered

In 1964, R. Raleigh D'Adamo won a contest to design a better diagram for the New York subway. Now he's teamed up with a graphic designer to bring it back to life.

Courtesy of Maria Möller

In New Orleans, Reviving the Memory of a Forgotten Chinatown

An artist commemorates the city's now-extinct Chinese business district.

Ben Tran/University City District

Why Some Parklets Work Better Than Others

A detailed new report out of Philadelphia finds the type of businesses closest to a parklet play a key role in their success.

Solarbox

London Is Turning Old Phone Booths Into Free Cell Phone Charging Stations

The retrofitted payphones give no-strings-attached power through public advertising.

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Emily Garfield

How Fractals Bring Imaginary Cities to Life

Artist Emily Garfield maps places that don't exist. "I think that's related to the way cities grow in real life."

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Courtesy The Cabinet, Kapstadt/ Cape Town/Vitra Design Museum

Amid Rapid Urbanization, African Designers Emerge Front and Center

A new exhibit, "Making Africa," showcases the continent's modern—and influential—creative class.

Shani Ha

The Weirdest Seat in New York

Artist Shani Ha's "Table for Two" installation evokes the isolation of city life.

@lovingsfdotcom

Geek Out to San Francisco's Yoda Statue

The Bay Area gains yet another tribute to the shrunken Jedi master.

Capsula Mundi

How Dead Bodies Could Help Green the Urban Canopy

Who's up for getting stuffed into an egg-shaped sack and growing into a tree?

US Thrill Rides

Orlando Prepares for a 'Skyscraper' That Will Dominate Its Skyline

With plans for the world's tallest roller coaster, Orlando is winning the global race to build soaring structures that aren't buildings.

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Los Angeles Review of Books

How the Discovery of Thousands of Hoarded Maps Transformed L.A.'s Public Library

One man's lifelong collection doubled the institution's map holdings in a day.