Design

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'Bikes vs. Cars' Wages the Wrong War

A review of Fredrik Gertten's new documentary.

Videos

The Enduring Appeal of Vienna's Historic Coffeehouses

"In other parts of the world you have new, modern things. But the old things, I think, are more important."

Farewell to Milwaukee's Classic, Hand-Crafted Bus Passes

An important part of Milwaukee design history is coming to a close to make way for modern transit tech.

CityFixer

A Case Study in Flawed Street Design

The New Urbanist neighborhood of Stapleton, Colorado, suffers from compromised planning standards.

The Bay Area Plans a Free Library Built out of Books

The literary temple offers free books and an experience akin to being stuffed inside a giant hardback.

Videos

Volvo Wants to Make Bike Commuting Safer by Selling You Glow-in-the-Dark Paint

Is "Life Paint" a helpful new technology, or a dubious marketing ploy?

Videos

Celebrating the Distinctive Tiles of Lisbon

A new short film looks at the vibrant and eclectic culture of the Portuguese capital and its trademark azulejos.

Photos

What's at Stake in the Fight Over the Mumbai Waterfront

In a megacity in desperate need of better planning, activists are calling for a more sustainable future for the Mumbai Port.

A Beautiful Blueprint-Style Map of the World

It's the work of a Philadelphia-based data scientist who, a year ago, had never made a map.

Maps

Now You Can Play Pac-Man on the Streets of Your Own City

Run away from Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde down nearly any Google Maps environment you wish.

When Providing Abortions in a 'Spa-Like' Atmosphere Is Progress

Carafem, a new pharmaceutical-only abortion clinic in D.C., aims to foster an environment that is calming, supportive—and unabashedly advertised.

Glass Architecture Is Killing Millions of Migratory Birds

Architects, however, are becoming more attuned to the issue.

Why Every City Needs an 'Art Chapel'

Ellsworth Kelly's upcoming non-denominational chapel in Austin points to the need for inclusive spaces in diverse but segregated cities.

Photos

How New York, Chicago, and L.A. Explain the 1960s and '70s

The City Lost and Found explores a turbulent time in the U.S. by looking to the country's three largest cities.

The Precedent-Setting Possibilities of the New Edward M. Kennedy Institute in Boston

The "Lion of the Senate" may have been a special case, but it's not hard to imagine more senatorial libraries down the road.

How 1980s Atlanta Became the Backdrop for the Future

The Southern capital has set the scene for dystopian thrillers such as Divergent and The Walking Dead, most notably via buildings designed by the architect John Portman.

Photos

Inside China's Unknown Mega-City

Photographer Tim Franco captures the massive urbanization of Chongqing, which has been described as "the biggest city you've never heard of" and "China's Detroit."

Who Are the Tiny People in Architectural Renderings?: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

The Best Plan Yet to Save Houston's Astrodome

Let's turn the "world's biggest room" into an indoor park, with trees, flowering plants, and an aquaponics research lab.