Design

9 Charts That Tell You Where Life Is Pretty Terrific

And where people are miserable.

Shocker: Conservative Republicans Hate the Amtrak Writer Residency

Senators Coburn and Flake waste our time calling it wasteful.

Aerial Photos of the Chicago River Being Dyed Green Will Hypnotize You

Happy St. Patrick's Day.

The Crackdown on Chinatown's Roast Ducks: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

A Steep Street in England, Reimagined as a Giant Water Slide

Navigate the city in a new way.

Bill Cunningham's Playful Photographs of 1970s New York

A new exhibit shows the photographer's ability to link fashion with architecture during an especially turbulent time in the city's history.

Why Andrés Duany Is So Focused on Making 'Lean Urbanism' a Thing

"Common sense has been almost completely lost in my profession," says the architect.

Elevator Music You Actually Want To Listen To

A Philadelphia art installation is rethinking that insipid old Muzak.

A Wild Reinterpretation of Old-School Window Blinds

If Venetian blinds could twist and turn based on the time of day.  

Abandon a Baby at Burger King, and It Might Come Back to Find You

A 27-year-old woman was left as a newborn in restaurant bathroom, but now is tracking down her biological mom on Facebook.

Here's a House That Looks Like It Fell Out of the Sky

A dramatic art installation in Adelaide, Australia. 

Videos

This Photographer Turns Downtown L.A. Graffiti Into Abstract Art

Watch as artist Mick Victor captures the 'chaotic order' of an urban landscape.

Photos

What Tokyo Looked Like in 1945

The March 10 air raids were among the deadliest, most destructive attacks of World War II.

This Floating Orb Plays Freaky Sounds in Stairwells and Tunnels

Nightmare-inducing.

Videos

Cute Alert: A Seal Hits Rockaway Beach

We may have the Polar Vortex to thank for its adorable appearance on the shores of Queens.

Photos

A Mouthwatering Tribute to Pizzas in Bizarre Places

One man's quest to photograph pies atop horses, on satellite dishes, and in trees.

2 Artists Are Living 24/7 in a Giant, Furnished Hamster Wheel

Radically redefining cramped quarters.

Photos

Don't Get Rid of the Folk Art Museum, Move It

Could the beloved building, slated to be torn down, have a second life somewhere else?

San Francisco Ponders Rainbow-Colored Crosswalks

The Castro neighborhood is about to get a lot more festive.