Design

Liven Up Your Next Party with Cricket Chips

Well, it really depends on how your friends feel about eating bugs.

Even the IOC Wants Tokyo to Scale Down Plans for 2020

Efforts to save the city's 56-year-old National Stadium won't stop the wrecking ball, but rising costs are forcing officials to pull back on building new venues.

The Last, Great Gasp of the American Station Wagon

Few true station wagons remain on the roads, but the imprint of their design influence is everywhere.

Harlem's Most Inventive New Building Looks Odd, But It's for a Purpose

The Sugar Hill development is an affordable-housing complex full of supportive amenities and innovations. But some are having a hard time with its neo-brutalist style.

America's Leading Design Cities

New York and L.A. aren't the only epicenters for graphic designers, architects, and fashion designers. 

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London's Book Benches Highlight the Capital's Great Literary Works

A public art project invites you to have a seat on outsized versions of tomes linked to the city.

Barcelona Debates Turning an Abandoned Bullring into a Mosque

Many European cities have managed to restrict large worship spaces for Muslims, and this plan is also likely to be controversial.

Why Every City Needs a Labyrinth

The architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group built a giant maze in Washington, D.C. Cities everywhere should get one.

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The Haunting Beauty of Germany's WWII Bomb Craters

A New York art exhibit explores the scars war left on the landscape.

This Exercise App Tracks Trends on How We Move In Different Cities

The developers of Human have complied user data into stunning visualizations that show how and where we get around.

Can Murals Change a Neighborhood?

In New York's Brownsville community, a large-scale art project aims to do more than just beautify. 

Navigator

These Galoshes Fold Up to Fit in a Bag

"Sardines" collapse down to just a fifth their full size.

Maps

Track a Century of U.S. Development With a Tool That Centralizes Old Maps

The full catalog of USGS topographic surveys is now all on one site and searchable by city.

This Perspective-Skewing Public Artwork Encompasses 99 Buildings

To put it all together, you'll have to trek to a vantage point on top of a Belgian hotel.

Philly: Let's Talk About Frank Gehry

A Philadelphia Museum of Art expansion tests whether building a Frank Gehry design is always good for a city. Especially when it doesn't look very Frank Gehry.

Who Really Owns Public Spaces?

A new exhibit at the AIA New York Center for Architecture examines the changing function of parks and other open urban centers.

Guerrilla Art and Urban Identity in San Francisco: 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.

CityFixer

No One Knows When Buffalo's Pedestrian Mall Overhaul Will Be Finished

With funding arriving on a block-by-block basis, everyone is eager to see if bringing cars back to Main Street will finally make a difference.

Perhaps You'd Prefer a Bike Horn That Yells at People

When a simple "ding" is not enough.