Design

When America First Saw Itself in Color

A new book looks back at the Detroit Publishing Company's stunning Photochrom postcards. 

Philadelphia's Newest Art Venue: The Amtrak Corridor

A series of murals asks rail commuters to "think about this space that they hurtle through every day."

China's Latest Architectural Copycat: Egypt's Great Sphinx

Why travel to Giza when Shijiazhuang has its own noseless replica?

This Forgotten 1970s Collage Artist Now Seems Like He Saw the Future

Don ZanFanga was especially obsessed with the twin towers of the World Trade Center. 

India's Public Urinators Now Risk the Blast of a Firehose

Don't be caught with your pants down by the "Pissing Tanker."

Kara Walker's Sendoff for the Old Domino Sugar Plant: A Giant Sphinx

The artist built a 75-foot-long humanimal inside the soon-to-be-demolished refinery.

Photos

A Photographer Walks Through Tulsa

Mike Simons of the Tulsa World is traveling on foot in the parts of his city that most people drive through as fast as they can.

Photos

A Taste of Different School Lunches Around the World

From empanadas to ratatouille.

In Search of a New Era for Ambitious Chicago Architecture

An exhibit highlighting the city's rich history of architectural innovation also hopes to encourage big new ideas. 

Boulder Officially Rejects Public Art Spelled in ALL CAPS

The city says "no" to an artwork that says, loudly, "YES!"

Videos

The Manholes Have Claimed Another Sacrificial Victim

One scooter rider had a very bad day.

Someone's Come Up With an Ashtray That Rewards Smokers for Not Littering

"Fumo" emits happy beeps and blipping lights anytime it's fed a cigarette butt.

That Plan to Turn a Steep Street Into a Giant Water Slide Was a Huge Success

Nearly 100,000 people signed up—360 got to ride.

Photos

Remembering Modernism's Go-To Landscape Architect

A photo exhibit of Dan Kiley's prolific career.

Libraries as Therapy: 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.

Artists Transform Beach Sand Into Trippy Optical Illusions

A magical sight, before it all gets washed away.

A Look Back at L.A.'s Union Station, on Its 75th Anniversary

A new exhibit looks at the history of the iconic structure through photographs and architectural drawings.

A Skyscraper-Sized Solar-Wind Tower Could Become North America's Tallest Structure

Can a 2,250-foot-high wind tunnel generate electricity more cheaply than coal?

The Ocean Floor Is Littered with Humanity's Garbage

Researchers say they were "shocked" to find so much plastic, glass, and fishing equipment all over the seafloor.