Design

'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.

Maps
Max Roberts

This Guy's Never Met a Map He Didn't Want to Fix

Just not always for the better: "I've deliberately designed maps that are deliberately horrible to look at, and succeeded."

Shutterstock

How Detroit Really Is Like America: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A round-up of the best stories on urbanism we've come across in the last 7 days.

John Sypal

Tourism Invention of the Day: A Rotating Camera Stand With a Slot for Your Smartphone

On this Japanese island, you no longer have to ask strangers to take your group photos.

Martin Adolfsson

Sneaking Inside the World's Multiplying McMansions

Martin Adolfsson photographs upper-class subdivisions around the world without permission.

Photos
Alice Austen

The Original New York Street Photographer

If Alice Austen weren't a real person, some novelist might have had to invent her.

Kamira / Shutterstock.com

Even in Big Cities With Light Pollution, the Moon Influences Our Sleep Cycles

A full moon can cause nights of shorter, worse sleep, according to European researchers.

Videos

This Stop-Motion Film Required 8 Months of Portland Street Art

Hundreds of wheat-pastes tell the weird tale of a man and his magical, pointy stick.

Videos
Cheryl Dunn/ALLDAYEVERYDAY

Mini-History Lesson of the Day: The Story of New York City's Street Photographers

The Everybody Street trailer captures the "visceral rush" of shooting from the perspective of the medium's masters.

Karl Martin Jakobsen

To Beat Wintery Shadows, a Norwegian Mountain Town Installed Giant Mirrors

Rjukan, Norway, just created a town square-sized light box.