Design

The Keys to Designing Cities With Fewer Traffic Fatalities

Reduce urban sprawl, for one thing.

The Uphill Battle to Get Solar Into D.C.'s Low-Income Households

Earlier this month, President Obama held up the city as model for bringing solar power to low-income families. He might have spoken a bit too soon.

Maps

Mapping Chicago's 'Million Dollar Blocks'

The costs of incarceration are concentrated in low-income, predominantly black communities in the city.

When Public Art Meets a Stupid Construction Mistake

A house hanging from a crane in Germany suggests grievous operator error.

How Well Do Street Murals Help Calm Traffic?

A Canadian city is the latest to try preventing collisions with public art.

Exploring Heatherwick Studio's 'Human Touch'

If you want a brochure to help you navigate a new exhibit dedicated to the U.K. design studio, you’ll have to make it yourself.

This Swingin' Bus Stop Is 'Pittsburgh’s Smallest Jazz Club'

Commuters can now decompress to the beboppin’ sounds of a big band.

Why Every Art Museum Should Launch a Pop-Up Satellite

In Los Angeles, MOCA is modeling how institutions with huge collections should be thinking: Move artworks into underserved communities.

Peeing Is Not a Crime

Don't waste money policing public urinators—invest in public restrooms instead.

Sydney Declutters Parking Signs With E-Ink

The solar-powered signs post different restrictions based on the time of day.

How Slavery Built Charleston

Two historians are trying to memorialize locations in the city where slaves were openly sold and auctioned. And they’re everywhere.

Photos

Meet London's King of Edible Architecture

Carl Warner builds and photographs cityscapes made of produce.

A Green-Thumbed Street Artist Is Making Moss Graffiti

His latest creation is a fuzzy skull-and-crossbones in Grenoble, France.

Understanding Carlos Gómez Gavazzo's 'Development Calculator'

Rediscovered two years ago, researchers are still trying to figure out exactly how the thing works.

Tokyo Scraps Its Intergalactic Olympic Stadium

While Japan is bent on blaming the architect, Zaha Hadid, the dynamic at fault is global and corrupt.

Videos

In Vivid Animation, the Shapes and Sounds of Planet Earth

Crop fields are computer chips and rivers are lightning bolts in this new short film.

Forget Tiny Houses—It's Time for Tiny Artist Studios

It may also be the future of affordable creative workspace in big cities.

Show Your New York Love With a Poster of Every Subway Station

Why? “Because … subway!”

Videos

Watch Chicago's Marina City Emerge From the Ground Up

Fifty years ago, the iconic corn-cob-shaped cement towers were a symbol of optimism for the city. Today, they are close to being designated historic landmarks.