Design

Photos

An Eerily Beautiful Phone Booth Filled to the Brim With Goldfish

Good luck trying to place a call in this booth-cum-aquarium.

A City Gets Its Own Font

Chattanooga designers have created a typeface meant to give the town more of a cohesive visual identity.

In Sweden, Even Buildings Made Entirely of Ice Are Required to Have Fire Alarms

Just in case.

We Need to Design Parking Garages With a Car-less Future in Mind

Building adaptable structures will save time, money, and material waste.

Maps

Take a Beautiful Tour of All the Public Art in the Bay Area

After learning the official records were incomplete, a citizen mapper started building a gorgeous guide to the megacity's street art.

How Glasgow Saved Its Coneheaded Duke of Wellington Statue

After a massive public outcry, the city has canceled plans to ruin one of its best-loved monuments.

This Rap Video Explains Why Cleveland Is Awesome ... in Chinese

Key attractions? A "perfect" environment and the 2014 Gay Games. 

The End Is Near for New York City's World-Famous 'Graffiti Mecca'

A recent court ruling paved the way for demolition of the popular destination.

Videos

A Cheap Conversion Kit to Turn Your Car Into a Ferrari

There's just one catch....

Some People Don't Want to Say Goodbye to the Washington Monument Scaffolding

There's a White House petition to keep it up.

A Refreshing Antidote to Brazil's Olympic Spending Spree

The Games of the Indigenous People have all of the athletic spirit of an international sporting event, but none of the red tape or out-of-control spending.

One World Trade Center Is Officially America's New Tallest Building

At an "official" height of 1,776 feet, the new skyscraper supplants Chicago's Willis Tower. 

Mind-Bending Photographs of Daredevils Against City Skylines

These may trigger a latent fear of heights.

China's Unmarrieds Spent Over $5 Billion Today to Feel Less Lonely

'Double 11,' was started in the 1990s as a way to embrace bachelorhood. Now it's the world's biggest online shopping event.

Downtown Louisville Is Getting a Trippy Hunter S. Thompson Memorial

Ralph Steadman, Thompson's famous co-pilot, will help create a banner for the city.

Photos

A Quest to Expose the Forgotten Spaces of Europe

Like a church tower used for hiding from the Nazis, and a paved-over river full of colossal spiderwebs.

The Fatigues Off Her Back

A beautiful new book about women in the military is printed on paper made from their uniforms.

Inside the World's Most Outrageous Mall: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

One World Trade Center's Skyscraper Supremacy Hinges on One Thing

What do you call that thing on top?