Design

Got a Complaint With the Government? Yell It Into This 8-Foot Ear

A hulking sculpture outside City Hall preserves popular citizen complaints and transforms unpopular ones into harmless music.

Photos
The Atlantic Cities

San Francisco Has a 'Transparent' Mural: Now You See It, Now You Don't

Stand at the perfect spot, and this trick-filled utility box blends seamlessly into the streetscape.

Matt Hurst

The Sad Decline of the Poconos' Resort Towns

Photographer Matt Hurst chronicles the crumbling ruins of Unity House.

Videos

Funny Video of the Day: A Sneaky 'For Rent' Sign That'll Follow You Around

Watch how an art installation turned into an idea for rejuvenating city streets.

Photos
The Atlantic Cities

Weird Floating Space Balls: The Next Big Thing in Street Art?

Orbs of colorful plastic, action figures and LEDs are popping up throughout San Francisco like the interstellar disco balls.

Maps
Nobutaka Aozaki

Meet the Man Trying to Save the Lost Art of Hand-Drawn Maps

Conceptual artist Nobutaka Aozaki asks New York tourists for directions scribbled on a napkin, receipt, or stray piece of paper.

Photos
Armin Rosen

Skopje's Strange Quest to Rewrite Its History ... Through Public Sculpture

The city's latest urban planning program is a heavy-handed attempt to impose unity where there is none.

Shutterstock

200 Years of Books Prove That City-Living Changes Our Psychology

We are now more materialistic and individualistic.

Reuters

Europe's New Tallest Residential Tower Doesn't Have a Functional Elevator

Thanks to a design flaw, the current lift can't reach the top half of the building. How does this even happen?

Backyard Chickens May Have Jumped the Shark

$1,500 coops, $20 ceramic eggs, and other absurdities.

Videos
District 7 Media

Goosebump-Inducing Time Lapse of the Day: Midtown Manhattan, in Sound

Watch this and feel like you’re there.

Videos
Shutterstock

A Day in the Life of a New York City Cat

A tongue-in-cheek installment of a documentary portrait series features a feline New Yorker.

Ernest Burgess

The Most Famous Models for How Cities Grow Are Wrong

We need new ways to explain growing urban inequality.

Reuters

Shaun Donovan Wants to Reinvent the Way We Do Disaster Recovery

The HUD Secretary on how we should be innovating climate resilience after Sandy.

Library of Congress/Google Maps

Seattle, Then and Now (1891 to 2013)

How the city evolved from a timber town to a high-tech powerhouse.

Photos
Andreas Symietz

New York's Broken Umbrellas, Reimagined as Art

A spiky dome, locally sourced from streets and trashcans.

Photos
Atlantic Cities

A Gloriously Offensive, Poop-Based Art Show Opens in San Francisco

This week, Bay Area art lovers were treated to paintings made from real animal poo "carefully hand-picked from local farms."

Photos

Tokyo Museum Unveils the Spookiest Art Exhibit We've Ever Seen

When was the last time your museum experience involved a painting you can climb into or disembodied eyes following you in a room?

Mark Byrnes

Bucharest Would Like to Remind You, Yet Again, That It Is Not Budapest

What to do when the entire world confuses you with your political rival 500 miles away.