Design

Goetz Schrader

These High-End Apartments Wrap Around the Base of Wind Turbines

Plus: supporting green tech. Minus: living in a lightning magnet.

Hathi Trust

'Stinking Shrimps!' and Other 19th-Century Urban Sales Pitches

Hear the "cries" from Victorian-era cities—rendered in booklets that captured the world of street vendors through illustrations and rhyme.

Maggie Gulick

The Careful Transformation of an Abandoned Paris Scrap Yard

Before it becomes part of a new eco-district, artists and residents of suburban Aubervilliers stopped to commemorate the history in their midst.

CaliParks.org

Exploring California's 12,000 Parks With Open Data

A just-launched app uses Instagram and Twitter to show younger users that their friends are already out at state parks, having a blast.

Videos
Michael Paul Smith

Dispatches From a Miniature, Half-Imagined City

Part preservation effort, part dreamscape, Elgin Park is a scale model of a semifictional 20th-century town.

NASA/

NASA Builds a Nightmare Room of Solar Fire

A new exhibit throws viewers into the boiling plasma and eerie soundscape of the sun.

Videos

A Glamorous Time-Lapse of Los Angeles, From Sunrise to Sunset

A five minute long tour, from the skyscrapers to the streets.

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AP Photo/Ben Margot

Goodbye, Candlestick Park (Finally)

Demolition has started on a stadium best known for providing consistently unbearable cold and wind.

Videos

The Remarkable Power of Sidewalks

Take a fresh look at the pavement under your feet.

North Drinkware

These Oregon Beer Lovers Have Reinvented the Pint Glass

Finally, a beer glass with a 3D Mount Hood at the bottom!

Nuart/Jordan Seilers

Here Are the Tools to Hack into Your City's Public Advertising

But you probably shouldn't do that, says the artist making them.

Photos
Cheuk-ning Chung

Inside Hong Kong's Public Housing Estates

Photographer Cheuk-ning Chung captures the neighborhood feel of government-owned housing in one of the densest cities in the world.

Altaeros Energies

This Floating Wind Turbine Looks Like a Stubby Shark

Its inventors say it can reach more powerful winds than boring, land-based turbines.

Danny Wicke

The Promise of the $20,000 House

In Alabama, the Rural Studio design workshop has spent years refining prototypes for a cheap, well-made small house. Soon, they'll start selling the plans.

Mark Byrnes/CityLab

For the Best U.S. Architecture Per Square Mile, Head to Dallas

New York has the nation's tallest skyscraper. Chicago has some fancy buildings. But one city wins when it comes to sheer density of urban design.

VanDam's StreetSmart

In Cuba, Maps Make a Comeback

Old-fashioned navigation is enjoying a renaissance on the island, where Internet access is still scant.

Themba Hadebe/AP

In Johannesburg, a New Bridge Must Also Address Apartheid's Legacy

The city has an ambitious plan to redress historic inequities through mass transit and redevelopment.

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Ellen Sebastian Chang + Maya Gurantz

Two Oakland Neighborhoods Connect Through a 'Hole in Space'

Oakland's Rockridge and East 14th neighborhoods are five miles and a world apart. Can a giant video-chat bring them together?

Chris Murphy / Flickr

The Bright Future of the Pedestrian Bridge

Top engineer Ted Zoli says the era of shared-use structures has arrived.