Design

Why Munich Went Ahead and Set Up 6 Official 'Urban Naked Zones'

The city has clarified its rules on nude sunbathing.

Is There a Medellín Hype Machine?

The city has been celebrated as an international model. Naturally, it's time for a backlash.

Maps

Your Road Trip, Reimagined as a Glorious 16th Century Map

Connie Brown will translate your personal adventure into a wall-sized keepsake worthy of Magellan.

New York City, as Seen Through the Typography of Its Numbers

Nick DiLallo has been aggressively cataloging the digits he sees around the city.

A Gorgeous Map of San Francisco's Independent Coffee Shops

How "walkable coffee shops" might foster a better sense of community.

Maps

This Architect Has Painstakingly Standardized the World's Subway Maps

12 international subway maps, unified through design.

Photos

Tremble at These Surreal, Sky-High Urban Roller Coasters

These photo manipulations may inspire feelings of nausea, dizziness, and impending doom.

If You Love Street Photography, This New Documentary Is a Must-See

Vivian Maier took thousands of riveting pictures of urban life. But she died without ever showing anyone.

Videos

Ukraine's Crazy Building-Climber Is Still Alive, Somehow

Ukraine's "Mustang Wanted" continues to amaze with rooftop stunts like dangling a woman high above traffic.

This Sink Folds Into a Suitcase for Tiny Apartments

Also, public bathrooms learn to text and soccer fans make a toilet-paper Niagara Falls.

Classic Album Covers Dropped Into Their Exact Settings on Google Street View

Intriguing new context for music lovers.

Videos

The World's Largest Game of Tetris, Played on a Philadelphia Skyscraper

Using 1,400 LED lights.

How the City Affects Your Psyche: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A round-up of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in this week.

If Savanna Animals Took the Subway

A new photo project dreams up a Paris Metro commute for lions, giraffes, and the whole gang. 

Would You Wear These Cycling 'Skinsuits'?

For the performance benefits, of course.

Watch 2 Men Paint Road Markings With Surprising Artistry

Oddly satisfying.

Visualizing 200 Years of Urban Sprawl in Paris, São Paulo, and L.A.

New animations show centuries of expansion in three global cities.

What Happens When Total Strangers Are Asked to Touch

An introvert's nightmare.

One Stunning Image Captures 8 Hours of Departures at LAX

A snapshot of Los Angeles's famously bustling airport.