Design

Maps

A Gorgeous Atlas of New York Tree Species

Mapping 592,130 trees right down to trunk size.

Is This Crazy Chair the Future of Air Travel?

Boeing has filed a patent on an "upright sleep support system," so let's give it a closer look.

Passports, Ranked by 'Power'

Browse the world's passports by color, country, and most crucially, how many countries citizens can travel to without a visa.

Reinventing Times Square, Again: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

The Moscow Metro's New, Cohesive Typeface

One of the world's most popular underground networks finally gets the wayfinding treatment it deserves.

Make Cherry Blossom Trees Magically Appear in Your Neighborhood

Gritty urban streetscapes transform into dreamy vistas with this map hack.

San Francisco Has a Robotic Sculpture You Control With Your Brain

"Neuroflowers" changes color and blossoms according to your mental focus.

The Baseball Stadium Montreal Never Built

A downtown site once held the promise of keeping the Expos in "la belle province."

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Copycat Architecture Is Still Booming in China

The nation loves its Eiffel Tower, Great Sphinx, and White House. The reason is more complicated than you might think.

The Rise and Fall of the Japanese Municipal Mascot

The country is cracking down on these cute and cuddly characters.

The National Building Museum Is Bringing the Beach Indoors This Summer

It's more like a fancy, adult ball pit.

Let's Give the World Clean Energy With Cow Vests

The "Cowolt" would use cattle's body heat to charge phones and lamps.

Why L.A.'s $1.4 Billion Sidewalk Repair Case Is Such a Big Deal

Los Angeles isn't the only jurisdiction that's been forced to confront its sidewalk problems by disability-rights advocates, and it won't be the last.

Los Angeles Just Solved the Street Parking Sign

Least. Confusing. Parking sign. Ever.

The Dutch Are Planning a Giant Wind-Turbine Tourist Attraction

The bladeless "Windwheel" would have a hotel and an odd kind of roller coaster.

Maps

Welcome Spring With This Psychedelic Map of the U.S. in Bloom

Maps from the U.S. Forest Service show signs of the season across America's forests, fields, and urban areas.

The Resurrection of One of Chicago's Most Endangered Landmarks

A young businessman may be the perfect savior for this ornate performance hall.

What We Can Learn From Mapping America's Disjointed Bike Lanes: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

Dear Museums: Stop Making Nonsense

It's time for museums to desist with the silly spectacles and get back to the good work they could be doing in the civic sphere.