Design

Sustainable Playland Inc.

Westchester County's Plan to Ruin Your Childhood Memories

Does saving Playland have to mean destroying its beloved rides?

Uncovering the First, Fascinating Rulebook for Subway Sign Design

A legendary document brought to the masses.

Plan B Architecture & Urbanism

What If the Entire World Lived in 1 City?

Two Yale architects pose the question in an ambitious research project.

Videos
John Metcalfe

The Bay Lights Finally Turn On, and the Results Are Fantastic

For the next two years, San Francisco will get to stare at a shimmering, ever-changing galaxy of lights on the Bay Bridge.

Street-Stencil King Logan Hicks Gets a Pop-Up Show in L.A.

It's only for three days, so catch it if you can.

Reuters

If You Tried to See the Bay Lights from Treasure Island, You Are Probably Angry Right Now

People who traveled east of San Francisco to view the Bay Lights could see nothing but cold rain and horrible traffic.

Urban Farmers Ltd.

The Farming Technique That Could Revolutionize the Way We Eat

Aquaponics uses fish to create soil-less farms that can fit into cities much easier.

Reuters

'Detroit Isn't Some Kind of Abstract Art Project'

A new book provides some crucial perspective on Michigan's most embattled municipality.

Reuters

Myanmar Gets a Facelift

Scenes from the streets of Yangon.

Courtesy Brandon Stanton

'Humans of New York' Makes an International Brand's Screw Up Pay Off for City Kids

Clothing label DKNY used photographer Brandon Stanton's images without his permission, but this story has a happy ending.

The 3 'Genres' of Brooklyn Bar Bathroom, Explained

Meet the man whose Tumblr page chronicles the highs and lows of bar loos.

Maxis

SimCity 5's Multiplayer Blues

Why the newest edition of the city-building game has fans in revolt.

Sheri Freemuth

What's an Egyptian Movie Theater Doing in Downtown Boise?

In the 1970s, the city wanted to demolish the downtown. But residents stepped in, saving the 1920s-era icon.

Reuters

Stunning Pictures of South Africans Celebrating Holi for the First Time

10,000 came out in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Should Hospitals Spend Money to Look Good?

Evidence suggests colors, natural light and design can improve healing times.

Photos
Alejandro Cartagena

A Lens on the Pickup Carpoolers of Monterrey

Photographer Alejandro Cartagena captures intimate scenes of informal commuting.

Reuters

Subway Babies and Shrinking Cities (Well): Best #Cityreads of the Week

Our weekly roundup of the most intriguing articles about cities and urbanism we've come across in the past seven days.

Vivian Maier

Trailer of the Day: Finding the Mysterious Street Photographer Vivian Maier

The photographs are great; the story is even better.

OCMA

Yup, That's a Gigantic Dog Peeing on This Orange County Building

And you thought your public art was gross.