Design

Aaron Coury

He's Not Bitter (Much)

With The Bitter Southerner, editor Chuck Reece and his creative team explore the contradictions of the modern South.

Videos
Steven Jackson

The Discipline and Deviance of Maine's Underground Street Art

"Graffiti's a trade. It's like being a plumber or carpenter."

Photos
Reuters/Remo Casilli

Exploring Mussolini's Secret Bunkers

The city-owned Villa Torlonia will now offer tours inside the former dictator's hideouts.

mararie/Flickr

Is 'Green Growth' Possible for Nations?

Countries can be economically lean and environmentally green, but there are other costs to consider.

Chris Hadfield/NASA

Here Are Some of Astronaut Chris Hadfield's Best Photos From Space

He took more than 45,000 photographs while aboard the International Space Station.

Texas State Library and Archives

New Podcast: Kriston Capps on 'The Architecture of American Literacy'

Download or stream the conversation on the architectural and social legacy of Andrew Carnegie's libraries.

How Andrew Carnegie Built the Architecture of American Literacy

The philanthropist covered the U.S. in libraries between 1893 and 1919. How many survive—and the forms they've taken—points to what kind of structures make a city center.

Art Market Budapest

Budapest's Newest Public Art Is a Humongous, Yelling Man

What city wouldn't want to have a furious stone giant ready to rampage through its streets?

@stlouis_j

In Protests, Who Owns the Highways?

Whose streets? Our streets. But more than rush hour is disrupted when people take to the highways.

Wikimedia Commons

How Does a Building Become Sacred? Best #Cityreads of the Week

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.

Harris & Ewing/LOC

How Did Baseball Fans Watch the World Series Before TV?

From the Play-O-Graph to the Jackson Manikin Baseball Indicator, the forgotten history of simulated ballgames.

Graffiti Artist 'Creepytings' Is Defacing National Parks

As long as National Park Service budgets shrink, vandalism is going to be a feature of our favorite natural spaces.

Photos
Steven Hirsch

A Photographer Makes the Toxic Gowanus Canal Look Beautiful

It sounds impossible, but these shots bring out an impressionist dreaminess.

NYC & Company

NYC's Newest Tourism Posters Are Aimed at Locals

A new campaign wants to lure New Yorkers to explore neighborhoods in their own city.

Mark Byrnes/City Lab

Another Great Design Toy Is Primed for Reemergence

Legos have been hailed as STEM toys—but let's not overlook the power of Play-Doh.

Photos
Library of Congress, Historic American Buildings Survey/Jack Boucher

The 'Old Met' In Its Final Days

A look back at one of the first failed preservation efforts in newly preservation-minded 1960s New York.

Videos
Julian Tryba Photography

This 'Layer-Lapse' Video of Boston Is a Lesson in Relativity

A new spin on time-lapse tech shows city features at distinct times of day, all in one frame.

Ernest Adams / Flickr

What France Can Teach U.S. Cities About Transit Design

What the French gamely call the "art of insertion" is really a multimodal understanding of streets.

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Quantifying the Livable City

NYU's Constantine Kontokosta sees Big Data as a tool not just for saving energy—but for making cities healthier, more resilient, and more equitable.