Design

The Unappealing Urbanism of Sydney's Princes Highway

The 6-lane route has no lack of storefronts or homes, but it's not a place you'd want to spend much time.

How to Design a Happier City

Charles Montgomery's new book finds the intersection of urban policy and well-being.

Videos

The Hidden Beauty of a Walmart Store

A short documentary follows an artist as he paints the inside of the supermarket chain.

The Umbrella, Reimagined

Turning the traditional umbrella upside down can keep you dry in more places.

What London Would Look Like If the Thames Barrier Failed

What could be the worst tidal surge in six decades has swamped parts of the U.K. but not London, thanks to the miraculous Barrier.

Why Writers Love New York City

And why they leave so often.

How a Thousand Tiny Figurines Will Connect Strangers All Over the World

With an upcoming art installation, anyone can "adopt" a tiny figurine online and wait for it to be found in Singapore. 

This 'Urban Clothespin' Is Solar-Powered and Glows in the Dark

Yup, somebody has given the humble clothespin a "sustainable twist."

Watch People Act Out Paris's Subway Station Names

Photographer Janol Apin shoots playful scenes along the platforms.

This 6-Floor Building Is Now a Giant Rubik's Cube

A tricky puzzle just got much harder. 

Your Baseball Team's Genealogy, in One Incredible Infographic

There's a good chance the team you cheer started in a different city with a different name.

Mexico City's Newest Pop-Up Restaurant Looks Like a Horrible, Expensive Time

Enjoy a $230 dinner while strapped in 150 feet above ground.

How We Hate on Architecture Now

Bold projects, like Zaha Hadid's stadium in Qatar, have to be ready for nasty nicknames.

The Postal Service Is Getting Sued for Accidentally Using a 'Sexier' Statue of Liberty on Its Stamp

Oops.

Brazil Restarts Construction on Stadium Where 2 People Died Last Week

Officials say it's safe for workers to return to Sao Paulo's Itaqueraro, which will host the World Cup.

Maps

Congratulations, Ohio! You're the Sweariest State in the Union

Phone-call data track the distribution of courtesy (and the lack of it) over recorded conversations. We'd thought better of you, Buckeyes.

Videos

The Rise of New York City's Skyscrapers After the 1929 Crash

A documentary revisits the iconic 1932 'Lunch Atop a Skyscraper' photograph.

How Our Most Intimate Stories Become Animated Shorts

For the past couple of years, a team of artists has taken StoryCorps interviews and made them into documentary cartoons.

The Louvre and Guggenheim, Recreated in Gingerbread

Delicious candy architecture.