Design

Siemens/SCANIA

Los Angeles Is Building an e-Highway

The road would eliminate truck emissions, and is being tested in a corridor that connects the port to downtown.

Videos
YouTube/nostalgoteket

Take a Tour of London's 1950s Coffee Bars

On National Coffee Day, look across the Atlantic for some bohemian coffeehouse nostalgia.

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Scough

Just In Time for Flu Season, a Scarf Built to Withstand Chemical Warfare

The Scough filters out germs and pollution using military-grade technology. It also doesn't look half bad.

Photos
Brian Rose

Photographing the Extreme Transformation of the Meatpacking District

Images from 1985 and last year show viewers just how much the Lower West Side neighborhood changed from Koch to Bloomberg.

Maps
Fra Mauro

My 5 Favorite Maps: Bill Rankin

The first installment of a new series in conversation with mapmakers on the works that most inspire them.

Joselito Tagarao/Flickr

Musings on Chicago's Bloomingdale Trail: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

PHOTOCREO Michal Bednarek/Shutterstock.com

Parisian Je Ne Sais Quoi Is Now Government Sanctioned

Paris has an officially branded suite of products—locally made, and directed at tourists.

Photos

Truly Capturing the Frenzy of New York's Streets

Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao's incredible composite images take hours to shoot and days to digitally manipulate.

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Singapore's Marina Barrage Is Much More Than a Reservoir

The iconic piece of infrastructure protects the city from floods and captures freshwater. But it also offers sorely needed public space.

Flickr/Wolfgang Staudt

A Bruges Brewery Is Building an Underground Beer Pipeline

Belgian beer innovation number 68,789,132.

Subterranean London

The Photography Book London Officials Never Wanted You to See

Subterranean London compiles the images of a dozen photographers who explored the city's underground spaces without permission.

Reuters/Bobby Yip

China Tries 'Privacy Curtains' for Nursing Mothers on a Public Bus

An inexpensive curtain creates a convenient, more private area for moms and babies. Will the idea catch on?

Agence360/Designboom

Will the Urban Tricycle Ever Be Cool?

Let's take a close look at the latest attempt to market a kid's toy to hip adults.

Via KC Streetcar

Its Streetcar Stalled, Kansas City Mulls the Best Way Forward

Many cities face a similar challenge finding the money to expand a starter line.

Flickr/tashwayne

So Long, Shaker Pint: The Rise and Fall of America's Awful Beer Glass

How the entire U.S. came to drink out of a vessel never meant for human lips.

Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

Making It Safe to Walk Where Traffic Is Deadly

Santo Domingo has the worst rate of traffic fatalities in the world, but Maribel Villalona is remaking the capital for pedestrians.

Reuters/Shannon Stapleton

Keep Cadillac in Detroit

Why leaving the Motor City for Manhattan is a big mistake for the automaker.

Photos
Bordalo II

One Man's Trash Is Another's Freaky Garbage Monster

Behold the immense, shambling Franken-animals of Lisbon artist Bordalo II.

Videos
The Atlantic

What Is a City?

A pair of physicists tackle a seemingly simple, incredibly complicated question.