Design

China's Brand-New, Centuries-Old Shangri-La

A fire has destroyed two-thirds of the Tibetan town.

A San Francisco Man Just Proposed With His Bike Route

A labor of love.

Private Donors Try to Save Detroit's Art Collection From Bankruptcy Auctions

Nine philanthropic foundations pledged $330 million in exchange for transferring ownership from the city.

Videos

The World's Largest Vinyl Record Spins Atop an L.A. Concert Venue

It’s 407 feet in diameter.

How to Make Cities Happier Places

It's (relatively) easy: Add green space.

Detroit Gets Ready for the Auto Show

Car companies show off their newest rides for an event that could generate more than $350 million for the local economy.

5 Principles for Building Greener, Healthier Cities

A solutions-oriented approach.

Could the College Campus Go the Way of the Bookstore?

As classes shift online, some are predicting a radical overhaul of academic infrastructure.

One of Spain's Biggest Architectural Boondoggles Just Keeps Getting Worse

Valencia's City of Arts and Sciences was built to lure visitors. Instead, it's caused nothing but problems.

Photos

What Niagara Falls Looks Like Without Water

In the summer of 1969, engineers stopped the flow of water to the American and Bridal Veil Falls.

San Diego's Racial Profiling Crisis: 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.

At This 'Anti-Cafe,' You Pay Just to Sit Around

But the coffee is free.

Mumbai's Snazzy New Airport Terminal

Inspired by a dancing peacock and covered with artifacts and art.

Utility Boxes as Canvases For Public Art

A sidewalk transformation from New Zealand.

Maps

The Magical Beef-Based Transit System of 'Burgertown'

Where one man's fascination with burgers and New York's MTA intersect.

Should Portland Save a Building It Really, Really Hates?

Almost no one likes the Michael Graves office building. But it's one of America's most important pieces of postmodern architecture.

The Electricity-Generating Bicycle Desk That Would Power the World

It's being used to power laptops, grind grain for beer, and churn butter.

Maps

What You Get When 30 People Draw a World Map From Memory

Brits and Indonesians may not be happy with the results.

How Mass Transit Helps Convey the Future in 'Her'

The film may be set in L.A., but cars take a back seat.