Design

Maps
Mapbox

Watch a Decade of Data Come to Life on OpenStreetMap

The open-source, citizen-driven mapmaking tool has democratized the insular world of cartography.

Walk [Your City]

DIY Wayfinding Signs Are About to Go Mainstream

The Knight Foundation has announced it will fund a large-scale expansion of Matt Tomasulo's 2012 "WalkRaleigh" project.

City of Chicago

The Cracks in Chicago's Grand Plans for the Bus

Forget opponents—even supporters are debating whether the city has gone far enough in its BRT ambitions.

When the British Tried to Build Their Own Eiffel Tower

In the late 19th century, London nearly got a 1,200-foot steel monument to transcontinental jealousy.

Flickr/zabowski

A Dreamy New Database for L.A. Architecture Nerds

15 years in the making, the most complete resource on L.A.'s historic built environment has just launched.

Nine Elms to Pimlico Bridge Competition

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like London Has a Fancy Bridge Fetish

With the Nine Elms to Pimlico Bridge Competition, the U.K. capital appears well positioned for folly.

UnKolorDistinto

Can These Colorful Garbage Trucks Make Trash Collection ... Cool?

Valparaiso, Chile's third-largest city, is tackling its garbage problem with a new fleet of brightly painted trucks.

Flickr/Andrew Moore

The Bright Future of Dar es Salaam, an Unlikely African Megacity

Once isolated and overlooked, Dar es Salaam is on track to become Africa's fastest-growing urban center.

Photos
Weegee/International Center of Photography

Slightly Creepy Photos of New York Moviegoers from the 1940s

A new exhibit recalls when the photographer Weegee turned his lens on the audience.

Duarte Carrilho da Graça

'Nobody My Age Can Afford to Stay Here Forever'

London billboards are sharing the stories of people moving both to and from the rapidly changing city. Some of them are quite painful to read.

Flickr/seier+seier

The Case for Prettier Staircases

Why health advocates are urging planners and architects to think more seriously about stairs.

Alfredo Zeballos/Courtesy of Architectural Association School of Architecture)

Bolivia's 'Spaceship Architecture' Showcases the New Wealth of Indigenous People

Freddy Mamani has found a way to bring traditional Andean and Tiwanaku cultures into an urban setting.

Recology

One City's Trash Is Artistic Treasure

Inside the artist-in-residence program at the San Francisco dump.

Videos
m.obstr

Why Are Londoners Texting with an Inanimate Signpost?

Some are even asking the (surprisingly jerkish) signpost for a date.

Videos

When the Sidewalks Were Wider Than the Streets

Compare footage of New York's 23rd Street, shot by Thomas Edison in 1901, to today.

Stokkete / Shutterstock.com

The College of Lost Arts

A small college in Charleston, South Carolina, seeks to revive the centuries-old fine building trades.

Accord / Shutterstock.com

As More Cities Adopt 'Vision Zero,' a Grand Experiment Emerges on U.S. Streets

Seattle has joined a growing list of major American cities trying out the Swedish approach to reducing traffic deaths.

Flickr/mkhmarketing

The Social Science Behind Online Shareablity

A number of surprising factors could make images go viral on different social media platforms.

@vauxhall

London's Public Art Is Becoming Increasingly Surreal

A car rides an asphalt wave in the city's newest structure.