Benny Chan / The Broad

At the New Broad Museum, the Architecture Rivals the Art

A new institution with a striking design opens in the burgeoning arts district of downtown Los Angeles.

Davide D'Amico / Flickr

How San Francisco Got More Drivers to Yield to Pedestrians

The data-driven solution was part marketing, part enforcement, and part community outreach.


A Bookshelf That Doubles in Size

This expandable bookshelf can hold all of your stuff—or just a little.

Modern Mechanix

The Marvellous History of New York's 'Hotel for Autos'

Garages from around 1930 could mechanically stack hundreds of vehicles as high as two-dozen stories.


Mapping the Nation's Failing Voting Machines

A new report shows that thousands of U.S. voting systems are old and malfunctioning, which could spell disaster for the upcoming presidential elections.

Google Earth

Photographing the American 'Grid,' One Square Mile Per Frame

The West’s checkerboard plan, devised by Thomas Jefferson, gets the Instagram treatment with striking satellite imagery.


6 City Instagram Accounts to Follow

These feeds offer a cleverly curated peek into cities around the world.

Urb-i / Google Street View

A Before-and-After Photo Archive of the World's Best Street Designs

It’s a walkable feast.

Tim J Keegan / Flickr

A Case Study in Reviving a Dying Downtown

Marcus Westbury’s new book, Creating Cities, describes the small-scale fixes that helped Newcastle, Australia.

California High-Speed Rail Authority

There's an Awful Lot of Parking Near This California High-Speed Rail Station

If a goal of the train is to reduce car-reliance, why does a new rendering show a big surface lot?

MIT AgeLab

Prototyping the Age-Ready City

At MIT’s AgeLab, researchers work on autonomous wheelchairs, neighborhood design for the cognitively impaired, and a host of other strategies to prepare for the “silver tsunami.”

Zastolskiy Victor /

How Modern Furniture Endangers Firefighters

Consumer goods are increasingly made of synthetic materials and coatings. The carcinogens they give off when they burn could be driving high cancer rates among first responders.

Lance Wyman

Wayfinding With Lance Wyman

A talk with the designer behind some of North America’s most famous subways, walkways, zoos—and pretty much any other place people need help finding their way around.

Grids Akihabara

When Tokyo Runs Short on Regular Hotel Rooms, Quirky Alternatives Fill the Gap

Hotels in the city are struggling to meet tourism demands. That’s where converted offices come in.  


America Is Going Crazy for Donald Trump (Piñatas)

From L.A. to New York to Mexico, people love beating the stuffing out of the GOP candidate.

Gracen Johnson / Via YouTube

How to Be a Chairbomber

An urban strategist shares the secrets of making a good public seat.

Edward Burtynsky

The Disturbing Wonder of Humanity's Impact on Earth

Edward Burtynsky pulls beauty from polluted mining pools, drought-ravaged landscapes, and bloated suburbs.

REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

A Revamp for Paris's Least Favorite Building

A redesign competition has been announced for Tour Montparnasse and its surrounding mall and plaza.

Lehel Kovacs

Go 'Around the World in 80 Days' With These Street View Postcards

Now you can circumnavigate the globe and retrace Phileas Fogg’s journey from your desk.