Design

Maps

The Quest to Create the Perfect Map

12 cartographic experiments that changed cartography.

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The Secret Second Lives of Pizza Huts

Mike Neilson hunts former iterations of the iconic restaurant.

Maps

How Far You Could Get From New York in One Day, From 1800 to Today

Once, a traveler could expect to spend a whole day and night traveling what a suburban commuter now does in an hour.

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The Best #Cityreads of the Year

The pieces that stuck with us in 2013.

Timo Hämäläinen

In Finland, the Indoor Shopping Mall Still Reigns Supreme

They're not merely a suburban phenomenon, but also dominate the retail landscape inside the nation's cities.

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The Best Thing My City Did This Year

Our favorite urban observers weigh in on 2013 in their hometowns.

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Josh Begley

The Eye-Opening Aerial Geography of U.S. Military Might

Fascinating patterns from overhead images of American military installations.

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This Bike Suit Makes You Look Like a Marvel Superhero

Or it will make you look like a glowing reject from the Tron universe, one or the other.

Sarah Goodyear

In a Noisy Brooklyn Park, the Best New Feature May Be a Wall

Combating the legacy of Robert Moses requires creative solutions.

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Important Buildings We Lost in 2013

Say goodbye to these fallen icons.

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The Cleveland Public Library Found a Lost First Edition Copy of 'A Christmas Carol'

It's one of only 6,000 copies printed.

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The Crazy Logistics of Holiday Deliveries, In One Timelapse

A Tetris-like 24 hours in the delivery bay at a New York UPS Customer Center.

Reuters

Brazil Says Goodbye to the Kombi—For Now

The world famous VW van has ceased production, though a last-ditch political effort could save it.

Reuters

The High Cost of Cutting Food Stamps: 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.

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A Mistletoe Drone Just Flew Over San Francisco

Much kissing ensued.

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'I Survived the Bloomberg Administration and All I Got Was This S****y Snow Globe'

A Brooklyn artist says good riddance to Mayor Michael Bloomberg with a fairly unusual art project.

Reuters

Why So Many of London's Historic Theaters Are in Bad Physical Shape

The ceiling collapse at the Apollo is a sad reminder of the sorry state of West End infrastructure.

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The Steel Yard

The Case for Trash Cans as Art

When there's no other arts funding in sight, there's always the municipal waste budget.

Minneapolis Real Estate Agents Are Highly Amused by the Defacing of their Ads

In a weird Multiplicity-esque project, an artist is changing realtors' bus-stop advertisements to feature his own face.