Design

Maps

The Narrow Geography of the Grammy Awards

Half of the nods for this year's biggest awards went to artists living in L.A., New York, or Nashville.

Next Economy

The Library of the Future Is Here

It's got 3-D printers, laser cutters, sewing machines, and its own roast coffee, named "shush."

Designing a Less Confusing Parking Sign

A much more visual and intuitive take.

The Plight of Cambodia's Garment Workers, On Display on a Manhattan Sidewalk

Artist Kat Eng crouched outside Times Square's H&M for eight hours, sewing on a hand-operated machine.

Behold, the Bizarre Mash-Up of a Vespa and a Segway

It has all the ridiculousness of the Segway, and none of the romanticism of the classic Italian scooter.

Videos

Tracking the Flight Paths of Birds

The chaotic order of nature's social networks.

Videos

Swedish Trade Unions Are Making Fun of Your Sad, Non-Swedish Lifestyle

A tongue-in-cheek video makes the case that even an average Swede is better off than an upper-class American.

The Decline of the American Book Lover

And why the downturn might be over.

Maps

The Extent of America's (Totally Unnecessary) Whooping Cough Outbreak

The stateside spread of vaccine-preventable diseases, in one map. 

Finding Sochi's Indigenous People

Russians drove the Circassians out in the 19th century. A handful have returned to trace their ancestral roots.

The Batkid Tab Has Been Paid by Philanthropists

So stop complaining.

Honolulu, Car Pool Mecca: Best #CityReads of the Week

Our weekly roundup of the most intriguing articles about cities and urbanism we've come across in the past seven days.

An Insider's Look at the Mongolian Capital

The hidden wonders of Ulan Bator.

German Designers Transform Homes Into Elaborate Cat Playgrounds

"Placemaking" for felines.

Why China Loves to Hate Its Newest Skyscraper, Shaped Like a Giant Gold Doughnut

The Guangzhou Circle Building is perhaps the country's largest single manifestation of Tuhao Jin, or "gold of the unrefined and wealthy."

Photos

Capturing the Least Glamorous Moments of British Nightlife

A journey into the surreal carnival that is nighttime in Manchester and Newcastle.

Videos

Relive Batkid With This Behind-the-Scenes Video

Prepare for your heart to melt, again.

Why This Man Is Photographing Every American Apparel Billboard in L.A.

A fascinating project on advertising and public space.

China's Brand-New, Centuries-Old Shangri-La

A fire has destroyed two-thirds of the Tibetan town.