Design

This Suitcase Handle Wants to Help You Avoid Excess Baggage Fees

Taking the guesswork out of flying. 

The Great Spaceship of Toronto

This underground labyrinth may be as close to a spacecraft as most of us are likely to board.

A Peek Inside India's City of the Future

If Prime minister candidate Narendra Modi wins, he wants to bring a new kind of urban space to the country.

April Had a Record Number of Big Earthquakes

This year there was a typical pattern of quake activity up until the end of March, and then things went bonkers.

These Clever Stickers Remind Us There's Fun Outside the App Store

"Because there isn't an app for everything."

Beautiful Photos of Mexico From Half a Century Ago

Bernard Plossu was the country's Kerouac, telling stories through his seemingly aimless travels.

New Evidence That Urban Water Pollution Is Harming Birds

Researchers have linked the polluted run-off from cities to hormonal problems in chicks.

Designing Buildings for Children With Autism

And what it can teach us about architecture.

The Precious Commodity of Urban Sunlight: 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.

Preserving One of the 1964 World's Fair's Few Remnants

Philip Johnson's New York State Pavilion was designated a "National Treasure" earlier this week.

A Radical Approach to Adding Density in New York's Outer Boroughs

Picture octopus-like high-rises engulfing transit hubs.

An Aerial View of China's Colossal Dust Storm

It's said to be the largest sandstorm to hit northern China in 10 years.

Post-Sandy, Designers Are Forced to Imagine Asking People to Move

Two proposals unveiled earlier this month tiptoe into the fraught territory of what's called Managed Retreat.

The Many Strange Faces of This Old Skyscraper

A unique look inside Manhattan's 101-year-old Woolworth Building.

The Utopian Origins of Restroom Symbols

A new book spotlights the creation and many applications of Isotype, the modernist visual language that lives on in signage all around us.

Robert Moses Vs. Jane Jacobs: The Opera

The show will grapple with the fundamental question of what a city should be.

A Look Inside America's First Cat Cafe

Serving "Cat'achinos," naturally.

Videos

Peek Inside the Imaginary World of London's Anti-Litter Fairies

Here are a few short films about the hard-working construction crews who dispose of your trash.

Has Manhattan Become Too 'Manhattanized'?

Midtown is a hive of construction, with one luxury tower after another replacing older buildings. What's being lost?