Design

America's Leading Design Cities

New York and L.A. aren't the only epicenters for graphic designers, architects, and fashion designers. 

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London's Book Benches Highlight the Capital's Great Literary Works

A public art project invites you to have a seat on outsized versions of tomes linked to the city.

Barcelona Debates Turning an Abandoned Bullring into a Mosque

Many European cities have managed to restrict large worship spaces for Muslims, and this plan is also likely to be controversial.

Why Every City Needs a Labyrinth

The architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group built a giant maze in Washington, D.C. Cities everywhere should get one.

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The Haunting Beauty of Germany's WWII Bomb Craters

A New York art exhibit explores the scars war left on the landscape.

This Exercise App Tracks Trends on How We Move In Different Cities

The developers of Human have complied user data into stunning visualizations that show how and where we get around.

Can Murals Change a Neighborhood?

In New York's Brownsville community, a large-scale art project aims to do more than just beautify. 

Navigator

These Galoshes Fold Up to Fit in a Bag

"Sardines" collapse down to just a fifth their full size.

Maps

Track a Century of U.S. Development With a Tool That Centralizes Old Maps

The full catalog of USGS topographic surveys is now all on one site and searchable by city.

This Perspective-Skewing Public Artwork Encompasses 99 Buildings

To put it all together, you'll have to trek to a vantage point on top of a Belgian hotel.

Philly: Let's Talk About Frank Gehry

A Philadelphia Museum of Art expansion tests whether building a Frank Gehry design is always good for a city. Especially when it doesn't look very Frank Gehry.

Who Really Owns Public Spaces?

A new exhibit at the AIA New York Center for Architecture examines the changing function of parks and other open urban centers.

Guerrilla Art and Urban Identity in San Francisco: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

CityFixer

No One Knows When Buffalo's Pedestrian Mall Overhaul Will Be Finished

With funding arriving on a block-by-block basis, everyone is eager to see if bringing cars back to Main Street will finally make a difference.

Perhaps You'd Prefer a Bike Horn That Yells at People

When a simple "ding" is not enough.

CityFixer

A Great Place to Put Community Health Clinics: Fire Stations

A new firehouse clinic in California shows how an abundant but under-used public resource—fire stations—can be made even more useful for a community.

Why Can't We Build Skinny Skyscrapers Everywhere?

The limits to how tall and thin towers can be has more to do with markets than engineers.

Maps

A Brilliantly Restored 19th Century Visualization of U.S. City Population Shifts

A map and data enthusiast found this colorful chart that tracks where the United States grew and shrunk between 1790 and 1890. 

Russians Will Vote by App on the Fate of a Modernist Moscow Landmark

The government wants to dismantle the tower, but the structure's fans are pushing for restoration.