Design

Dispatches From America's Coldest Town

The polar vortex brought the temperature in Embarrass, Minnesota, down to minus 35.

The Cities With the Cheapest Beer in the World

Permanent happy hour.

Taiwan and D.C. Compete for the Most Adorable Baby Panda of the Day

The world's cutest face-off.

A Buffalo Artist Accidentally Tricked Locals Into Thinking They'd Uncovered a Past Relic

He transformed an abandoned department store's display windows into old-timey ads.

The Case for Car-Less Cities: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A round-up of our favorite reads.

Montreal Just Got Some 'Speech Bubble' Street Lights

It's like a real-life comic book.

A Praiseworthy Map of America's Heavenly Place Names

Urban areas show a noticeable trend toward god-revering place names.

The Quaint Plans for American Cities, as We Envisioned Them 200 Years Ago

New York in 1776, Charleston in 1780, Baltimore in 1801.

The End of New York's Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides Is Also the End of a Film and TV Era

Bill de Blasio's plan to ban the Central Park carriages will force Hollywood to come up with some other way to convey romance in New York.

Maps

The Quest to Create the Perfect Map

12 cartographic experiments that changed cartography.

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.

The Best #Cityreads of the Year

The pieces that stuck with us in 2013.

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.

The Best Thing My City Did This Year

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

Photos

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

Fascinating patterns from overhead images of American military installations.

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.

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

Combating the legacy of Robert Moses requires creative solutions.

Important Buildings We Lost in 2013

Say goodbye to these fallen icons.