Introducing City Makers: Global Shifts

Our newest series on the key forces transforming urban life in the 21st century.

Ella & Pitr/Flickr

Norway Becomes Home to the 'World's Largest Outdoor Mural'

It’s a humongous girl, curled in slumber on a roof.

YouTube/Victor Gruen and Associates

When Fresno Was 'A City Reborn'

A 1968 film by Victor Gruen and Associates celebrates a revitalized downtown and a pedestrian mall that won’t be around much longer.


Hanksy Makes a Mural of Donald Trump as Poop

He was inspired to paint the New York piece after realizing “Trump kinda rhymes with dump.”

LightHouse for the Blind

This Tactile Map of Burning Man Is Awesome, No Matter Your Level of Sight

Jaded haters of the Burn, this innovative map might just change your mind.

Julian Love/Bellerby & Co.

A Look at the Painstaking, Intricate Art of Globemaking

There are only a few dedicated artisanal globemakers left in the world—and there’s good reason for that.

KMD Architects

Future Jails May Look and Function More Like Colleges

A look at the push to design correctional facilities for rehabilitation rather than punishment.

Osez le Féminisme

The Streets of Paris, Renamed for Women

A feminist group, Osez le Féminisme, is calling attention to the city map’s big gender gap.

Margus Triibmann/Keha3

This Newfangled Bike Rack Is a Forest of Flexible Poles

It supposedly prevents your frame paint from chipping.

Shawn Escoffery

Why Louisiana Fought Low-Income Housing in New Orleans After Katrina

For four years during massive rebuilding, the state imposed a moratorium on all new subsidized housing. The city is still paying the price.

Matty A. Williams

A Place for the Mardi Gras Indians

With a planned “cultural campus,” New Orleans’s famed costumed tribes hope to take back their image.

Chris Capuozzo

Tag Team: The Graffiti Artists of 'Show Me a Hero'

The graphic designer Chris Capuozzo used photographs of Yonkers taken by his wife during the 1980s in order to achieve verisimilitude for the HBO show’s sets.

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

The Making of the L.A. Metro 'M'

A story of deli counters, legal threats, and hidden meanings—in one letter.

Dénes Sátor

Squeeze Your Way Across Town With the 'Egg Map'

This rubberized guide doesn’t require folding or Wi-Fi, just a firm grip.

AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

A National Model for Better Streets Is Suddenly at Risk

In challenging the Times Square pedestrian plaza, New York City leaders are showing a profound misunderstanding about the impact of public space.

Jeff Speck / Spencer Boomhower

A Wonderfully Clear Explanation of How Road Diets Work

Planner Jeff Speck leads a video tour of four different street redesigns.

Shawn Escoffery

New Orleans, the Reluctant 'City Laboratory'

Ten years after Katrina, a complicated culture of “experiments” continues to shape the city.

United States World War One Centennial Commission

5 Finalist Designs for the National World War I Memorial

There’s only one worth keeping, and it’s not even in the contest.

REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Philly Barbers Aim to Boost Voter Turnout

Can training local barbers to talk to clients about civic participation increase voting?