Design

George Lucas' Chicago Museum Could Look Ultra Avant Garde

May the force be with a hot team of noted architects as they try to sell the city on their notoriously experimental designs. 

The Low-Tech Appeal of Little Free Libraries

The "take a book, return a book" boxes are catching on even in places where Kindles and brick-and-mortar book-lending sites abound. 

A Special Urban Brand of Melancholy? Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

Iron Man Should Move to Cleveland, Not San Francisco

The Armored Avenger is moving to the Bay Area in an upcoming comic series, but he could do more for the people of Northeast Ohio.

Andy Warhol's Film 'Empire' Turns 50

Celebrating one of the world's most famous skyscrapers on the day an equally famous artist filmed it. For a long, long time.

Maps

Imagining the Gaza Invasion in Major U.S. Cities Through Maps

There are 1.8 million people in Gaza. What would that look like in your city?

Why the U.S. Is Building a Fantastical Aquarium in Brazil

An exotic new aquarium under construction in Brazil is a lightning rod on two continents—and the latest test of the theory that where weird designs go, new cities follow.

Saving Sam the Record Man's Giant Spinning Discs

A huge flashing sign from a shuttered record store in Toronto gets a new home after a lengthy preservation battle.

The Brooklyn Bridge Has Always Been a Magnet for Mystery

First a grand piano showed up underneath it, then two white flags appeared on top of it. Why does the Brooklyn Bridge attract so many enigmas?

Where Does Discarded Clothing Go?

Americans send 10.5 million tons of clothing to landfills every year. Can for-profit recycling companies turn those rags into riches?

Asia's Richest Man Is Building Hong Kong Apartments Barely Bigger Than a Prison Cell

At $250,000, these 200-square-foot studios are among Hong Kong's most affordable.

Photos

The Rooftop Homes of Cairo's Racing Pigeons

Pigeon breeding has a long and rich history in the region, dating back 4,000 years.

The Extraordinary Future of Shoes

Knitted footwear technology is poised to enhance sustainability and walkability alike.

With Its New Master Plan, São Paulo Takes Aim at Gated Towers

The effort to curb street life-killing building designs could have a lasting impact on the city's culture. 

Maps

A Vignelli-Inspired Map Designed to Make the Least Amount of People Mad

One designer thinks his version of the notorious 1972 subway map wouldn't bother as many New Yorkers.

Rethinking the Palm Trees of Los Angeles: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

A Doomed Seattle Freeway Ramp Gets a Loving Goodbye

Artists transform a highway ramp that over the years has welcomed skateboarders, divers, hermits, and marriage-seekers.

D.C. Sinks an Artist's Plan to Build a Sunken Gas Station in the Anacostia River

A proposal by Canadian artist Mia Feuer to build a replica of a submerged gas station in the Anacostia has finally found what any good public art project needs: a vocal opposition.

Videos

Remembering Pittsburgh's Most Mesmerizing Sign

In a city filled with illuminated signs, Westinghouse's light show was the one to watch for 30 years. Nostalgia for it remains.