Design

Street Art's Fleeting Protest, Made Permanent

There's a political bent to photographer Yoav Litvin's new book chronicling New York's most ephemeral art.

3 Ways That Turning Parking Spots Into Parklets Helps Businesses

They increase foot traffic, attention, and in some cases, spending.

Teeny Globes Were All the Rage In 18th-Century London

And on October 22, you can pocket one at Bonhams for a few grand.

A New York Apartment, Painstakingly Rendered in Ghostly Fabric

Korean artist Do Ho Suh reconsiders the meaning of "home" with incredibly detailed sculptures of mundane yet highly personal household items.

The Future of Transportation Is Not All Flying Cars

What we've learned from our 9-month series on tomorrow's urban mobility.

Photos

When the '64 Olympics Came to Tokyo

A photographic tour of the city's late Summer Games.

Prague Takes Steps to Fight Sprawl, But Not Everyone Is Pleased

As the city seeks to protect its historic districts, advertisers take to the very billboards that could be regulated to pitch dire predictions.

Banning Cars From Central Park: Has the Time Finally Come?

New Yorkers have been fighting over this for decades. But a new proposal to study a full ban next summer would bring some sorely needed hard data to the debate.

Vancouver's 'District Energy Utility' Can Heat Entire Neighborhoods

This experiment in "energy recycling" is like having a giant municipal hot-water heater—and the concept dates back to Roman times.

How Dallas Found Its Voice

An unusual agreement between a newspaper and a university brought Mark Lamster to Dallas. Now this transplanted New Yorker has become Big D's fiercest critic of mediocrity.

This Surreal Floating Concept House Would Run on Tidal Energy

The living quarters are buoyant and float up and down.

3 Big Challenges for Planning Multi-Modal Cities

It's just not as simple as "stop prioritizing cars."

Confirmed: The Oldest Known Art in the World Is Proto-Graffiti

The first paintings made by human hands, new research suggests, were outlines of human hands.

Photos

Life in Peak-Froyo New York

One man copes with the invasion through an anonymous Tumblr.

Norway's Best Architecture Firm Designs the World's Best Money

A contest to design Norway's new print bank notes goes bonkers.

A Proposed Floating Cycleway on the Thames Is Hilarious—and Insulting

The River Cycleway Consortium would build an expensive, buoyant bike path on the choppy Thames. But where's the money for Londoners who are actually in need?

Design That Makes Dry Regulations Come to Life

Since 1997, the Center for Urban Pedagogy has used graphic design to explain byzantine local policies and processes to New Yorkers.  

A Fearsome Bike Fit for the Dark Knight

This aggressive, jet-black motorcycle was inspired by the Japanese legend of the 47 ronin.

Navigator

A Postcard App With a Historical Twist

ScenePast lets you send a note with a classic 20th century streetscape from your mobile device. But it's also got an addictive second feature.