Design

Parisian Je Ne Sais Quoi Is Now Government Sanctioned

Paris has an officially branded suite of products—locally made, and directed at tourists.

Photos

Truly Capturing the Frenzy of New York's Streets

Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao's incredible composite images take hours to shoot and days to digitally manipulate.

Singapore's Marina Barrage Is Much More Than a Reservoir

The iconic piece of infrastructure protects the city from floods and captures freshwater. But it also offers sorely needed public space.

A Bruges Brewery Is Building an Underground Beer Pipeline

Belgian beer innovation number 68,789,132.

The Photography Book London Officials Never Wanted You to See

Subterranean London compiles the images of a dozen photographers who explored the city's underground spaces without permission.

China Tries 'Privacy Curtains' for Nursing Mothers on a Public Bus

An inexpensive curtain creates a convenient, more private area for moms and babies. Will the idea catch on?

Will the Urban Tricycle Ever Be Cool?

Let's take a close look at the latest attempt to market a kid's toy to hip adults.

Its Streetcar Stalled, Kansas City Mulls the Best Way Forward

Many cities face a similar challenge finding the money to expand a starter line.

So Long, Shaker Pint: The Rise and Fall of America's Awful Beer Glass

How the entire U.S. came to drink out of a vessel never meant for human lips.

Making It Safe to Walk Where Traffic Is Deadly

Santo Domingo has the worst rate of traffic fatalities in the world, but Maribel Villalona is remaking the capital for pedestrians.

Keep Cadillac in Detroit

Why leaving the Motor City for Manhattan is a big mistake for the automaker.

Photos

One Man's Trash Is Another's Freaky Garbage Monster

Behold the immense, shambling Franken-animals of Lisbon artist Bordalo II.

Videos

What Is a City?

A pair of physicists tackle a seemingly simple, incredibly complicated question.

Seattle Wants to Change the Whole Conversation on Streetcars

Unlike most new lines in U.S. cities, the Center City Connector would operate in its own exclusive lane.

In Its Last Days, a House Turns to Gold

A Pittsburgh-area artist commemorates the derelict house next door, starting with a coat of paint.

Can Graffiti Be Copyrighted?

When public street art gets co-opted for corporate gain, artists have little recourse.

Maps

An Insanely Detailed, Hand-Drawn Map of San Francisco

It took illustrator Jenni Sparks three months to finish this secret-laden cartography.

Will Newark's Feel-Good Street Signs Reduce Crime?: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.

Africa's Population Will Quadruple by 2100. What Does That Mean for its Cities?

New population figures paint a difficult picture for African cities. But there's more to the story than sheer numbers.