Design

A Dutch City Makes Room for Its River and a New Identity

Nijmegen is turning a flood-control project on the River Waal into an opportunity to redevelop its inner core.

Let's All Live in a Giant, Retrofitted Oil Tanker

Architects dream of the days when “Hello” becomes “Ahoy!”

There Are No Urban Design Courses on Race and Justice, So We Made Our Own Syllabus

Black students at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design say there are no design courses that consider race and justice. Here’s an outline for one.

Mapping New York's Irrepressible Gay Nightlife

The interactive project OUTgoing aims to map the history of New York City’s queer bars.

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L.A.'s 'Sunken City' May Reopen to the Public

You may soon be able to (legally) explore part of Los Angeles that began sliding into the sea in the 1920s.

An Upside-Down Electric Tower Grows in London

That doesn’t look safe.

Shanghai's New Museum Resembles a Tentacled Sea Creature

The chambered nautilus finally gets the architectural tribute it deserves.

They're Turning 'Truck Nuts' Into a Bike Light

This world is hell.

Vienna Debuts Same-Sex Crossing Signals

The lonesome guy in the “WALK” light has a buddy.

Maps

Interactive Maps Can Now Get the 'Matrix' Treatment

It’s one of many flashy design demos available on the new customizable map animation engine Tangram.

Is This the Mobile Food Cart of the Future?

In an intriguing deal with the city of New York, the company MOVE Systems will provide environmentally friendly food carts to vendors, rent free.

How Slightly Better Concrete Could Save the Planet

The world’s most common building material produces 5 percent of global CO2 emissions. But what if we needed less of it?

The Newest, Tallest Supertall Tower in New York City

The newly revealed design for the Nordstrom Tower will make it the highest in the Western Hemisphere.

Remembering Chris Burden, L.A. Artist of Architecture and Industry

Few others thought as critically about life in the mechanical age.

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How Germs Might Shape the Future of Architecture

Design-minded scientists are harnessing the power of bacteria to move toward healthier buildings.

Wes Anderson’s New Cafe Looks Exactly as You Hoped It Would

Bar Luce in Milan brings the filmmaker’s quirky fantasy world to life.

Maps

When Rivers Look Like Subway Systems

These maps of intersecting waterbodies will make you think twice about where yours comes from.

9 Things You Need to Know About the National Mall's Newest Museum

When it finally opens its doors, the National Museum of African American History and Culture will be one of the most contradictory institutions on the National Mall.

Life-Size 'Street Graphs' Illustrate London's Housing Crisis

Someone has been plastering existing utility boxes to represent shocking statistics on street corners.