Design

Calvin Metcalf

Mapping a Century of Change in the City of Boston

Dating back to the 1890s.

Carrie Katz

This Art Gallery Is Only Visible Through a Peephole

The Savernack Street Gallery lies behind an inaccessible San Francisco storefront, and can be seen through an aperture about 0.5 inches wide.

Photos
Canals Project

Even London's Graffiti Is Gentrifying

Why street artists are livid about four new murals in East London and near the 2012 Olympics infrastructure.

Reuters

In Africa, Burying the Dead Is Big Business

Funerals are lavish affairs and, often, a burdensome expense.

Got a Complaint With the Government? Yell It Into This 8-Foot Ear

A hulking sculpture outside City Hall preserves popular citizen complaints and transforms unpopular ones into harmless music.

Photos
The Atlantic Cities

San Francisco Has a 'Transparent' Mural: Now You See It, Now You Don't

Stand at the perfect spot, and this trick-filled utility box blends seamlessly into the streetscape.

Matt Hurst

The Sad Decline of the Poconos' Resort Towns

Photographer Matt Hurst chronicles the crumbling ruins of Unity House.

Videos

Funny Video of the Day: A Sneaky 'For Rent' Sign That'll Follow You Around

Watch how an art installation turned into an idea for rejuvenating city streets.

Photos
The Atlantic Cities

Weird Floating Space Balls: The Next Big Thing in Street Art?

Orbs of colorful plastic, action figures and LEDs are popping up throughout San Francisco like the interstellar disco balls.

Maps
Nobutaka Aozaki

Meet the Man Trying to Save the Lost Art of Hand-Drawn Maps

Conceptual artist Nobutaka Aozaki asks New York tourists for directions scribbled on a napkin, receipt, or stray piece of paper.

Photos
Armin Rosen

Skopje's Strange Quest to Rewrite Its History ... Through Public Sculpture

The city's latest urban planning program is a heavy-handed attempt to impose unity where there is none.

Shutterstock

200 Years of Books Prove That City-Living Changes Our Psychology

We are now more materialistic and individualistic.

Reuters

Europe's New Tallest Residential Tower Doesn't Have a Functional Elevator

Thanks to a design flaw, the current lift can't reach the top half of the building. How does this even happen?

Backyard Chickens May Have Jumped the Shark

$1,500 coops, $20 ceramic eggs, and other absurdities.

Videos
District 7 Media

Goosebump-Inducing Time Lapse of the Day: Midtown Manhattan, in Sound

Watch this and feel like you’re there.

Videos
Shutterstock

A Day in the Life of a New York City Cat

A tongue-in-cheek installment of a documentary portrait series features a feline New Yorker.

Ernest Burgess

The Most Famous Models for How Cities Grow Are Wrong

We need new ways to explain growing urban inequality.

Reuters

Shaun Donovan Wants to Reinvent the Way We Do Disaster Recovery

The HUD Secretary on how we should be innovating climate resilience after Sandy.

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Seattle, Then and Now (1891 to 2013)

How the city evolved from a timber town to a high-tech powerhouse.