Design

Library of Congress

The Incredible, Explosive Growth of Chicago, As Seen Through Its Maps

See the first-ever map of the city, and how it evolved over a century.

Photos
Associated Press

China's New Tallest Building Will Have the World's Fastest Elevators

They will travel at 40 mph.

Shutterstock

American Drinkers Are Turning Against Beer

Bad news for brews: Among the youngest Americans, beer preference is collapsing.

Aaron Borngraber

The Depressing Stuff You'll Find Inside an Abandoned Inner City School

Travel back in time to Buffalo, 1979.

Dan Glass

The Mysterious Paintings Popping Up in Doorways All Over New York, Explained

Turning the East Village into a puzzle of art and exploration.

Reuters

Glimpse the Absurd Parisian Ghost Town in the Middle of China

A luxury real estate developer in Hangzhou thought it could cash in on China's love for all things French. It hasn't worked out that way.

Photos

When Neglected Buildings Become Seriously Trippy Art Projects

If you've ever spotted street art involving pin-up models with kitty heads or screaming flowers, it's probably the work of Chile's Macarena "Macay" Yañez.

Videos
Shutterstock

408 Hot Air Balloons Just Took Off at the Same Time — Here's Video

The breaking of a world record, in time-lapse.

Shutterstock

How Cities Mess With Our Sleep Cycles

Electrical lighting has allowed our bodies to move away from our natural clock.

'Jesse Owens Was Here'

Berlin's 1936 Olympic Village once housed Nazis and Soviets. Today, there's an effort to convert the neglected site into a museum.

Ghost & Co.

The Writing on Mexican Walls Isn't Graffiti—It's 'Vernacular Branding'

A new book documents the tradition, commerce and politics of colorful bardas de baile.

Reuters/Desmond Boylan

Planning a Trip Around the World on a Rickshaw Is Exactly as Hard as It Sounds

What do you do, for instance, when you can't get a visa to pedal through Pakistan?

Community Foundation for Geater New Haven

Practical Lessons for Turning Around a Neighborhood in Decline

New Haven's once sketchy Chatham Square is now safe, with annual festivals that draw visitors from around the city.

Videos
ArchDaily

Building a Hotel in 6 Days: A Time-Lapse of China's Construction Miracle

A video captures the dizzying pace of building in the country.

Photos

How LEDs Have Transformed the City Skyline

Illuminated nightscapes are a new worldwide arena, where global cities will compete for recognition.

Daniel LiCalzi / Paul Genberg

Maybe It's Time to Start Decorating our Air Conditioners With Little Lawns

The makers of the grass-covered "Babilawn" claim it makes ugly A/C units "aesthetically pleasing" from both "inside and out."

Maps
Peter Dunn

Map of the Day: L.A.'s Freeways, Reimagined as a Subway

Public transit nerds, prepare to geek out.

Library of Congress/Google Maps

Baltimore, Then and Now (1911 to 2013)

A peek at how the city's changed on its 284th birthday.

Sarah Goodyear

Everything Is Illuminated: The Secret Lights of New York City

Leni Schwendinger is leading a community effort to rethink the way neighborhoods look after dark.