Design

Photos

How Cities Keep People Out

A short history of barricade design.

Detroit Museum Pledges $100 Million to Save Its Art Collection

It'll give the money to the city, to pay pensions.

Mexico's Olympic 'Ski Team' Is One Guy in a Mariachi Suit

Examining the historical wardrobe choices of the nutty Mexican skier Hubertus von Hohenlohe.

Photos

In Mexico, a City's Scar Becomes its Most Prized Park

A case study in urban renewal.

Yup, Now You Can Drive a Grown-Up Version of the 'Cozy Coupe' Toy Car

Childhood fun for adults. 

Videos

Footage of the Beatles's Last Show, on Its 45th Anniversary

Performed on a London rooftop.

Why the Real Estate Industry Is Interested in Drones, Too

They're quickly changing the art of visualizing buildings.

Photos

A Poignant Love Letter to New York's Chewed Sidewalk Gum

An artist pays respect to the victims of the Japanese tsunami with cute, heart-shaped gum wads.

Chicago's Trendiest New Lunch Option Comes Out of a Vending Machine

Farmer's Fridge sells fresh, swanky salads out of recyclable jars.

The World's First Porsche Was Just Discovered in a Shed in Austria

It ran on over 1,000 pounds of battery. 

This Year's Super Bowl Has a Particularly Embarrassing Neighbor

Chris Christie described it as "the ugliest damn building" in the state, "and maybe America."

Maps

Famous Subway Maps, Reimagined as Vintage Super Mario Brothers Games

Yup, it's all there, from the 8-bit landscapes of toadstools and Koopa Troopas to Peach's Castle.

Maps

Navigating L.A.'s Future Subway System, as Seen in 'Her'

The public transit map Theodore Twombly would have used to get around.

Actually, the Sochi Olympics Does Not Have a 'Double Toilet'

Russians aren't that weird when it comes to using the bathroom, it seems.

The Long Regulatory Road to America's First Cat Cafe

Pending a whole lot of permits, one could open in San Francisco this summer.

Strap-on Skis for Your Bicycle

A simple solution for getting around in the snow.

Videos

Ride With a Rebel Dirt Bike Gang of Baltimore

A documentary explores a controversial subculture through the eyes of a young boy.

Maps

The Tom Waits Map of the World

Mining the musician's lyrics to find out where, exactly, "all the doughnuts have names that sound like prostitutes."

A Functional Trike Made From Recycled Household Parts

Think beach chairs, scooters, and other junk just lying around.