Design

One World Trade Center's Skyscraper Supremacy Hinges on One Thing

What do you call that thing on top?

A Windfall of Art as Buffalo's Tallest Building Goes Dark

HSBC Bank moved out of the city's biggest skyscraper and its leaving its impressive modernist art collection behind.

The Sad Fate (But Historic Legacy) of the Houston Astrodome

Though now likely doomed for demolition, when the Astrodome first opened in 1965, it was a profoundly American invention.

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A Stunning Tribute to Hong Kong's Super-Packed Cemeteries

Photographer Manuel Alvarez Diestro gives these monolithic boneyards a grim celebration.

This Brutalist Apartment Building Encapsulates the Story of Apartheid

Ponte Tower began as a haven for Johannesburg's white elites. but fell into disrepair when they began to flee the city.

The Sochi Olympic Torch Was Just Launched Into Space

It's the longest torch relay in history.

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Beijing Prepares to Wow the World With Its 'Big Penis' Building

The headquarters of the Communist Party's official newspaper is getting a golden coating in preparation for its debut.

SimCity's Turn Toward a Dark, Dystopic Vision of Our Urban Future

It's impossible to miss the socioeconomic and political commentary embedded within Cities of Tomorrow.

The Best City for the Next Generation of Artists Just Might Be Jackson

"When someone moves here, everyone reaches out."

A Look Back at Cleveland's Most Traumatizing Sports Memory

Before the LeBron debacle, there was Art Modell's press conference on November 6, 1995.

The Passion of Young Cleveland

"I absolutely love Cleveland … and I want to make sure I’m doing my part to make it better."

A Quintessentially Canadian Idea for Winter Smartphone Use

Stay warm without giving up your phone.

A Love Letter to L.A., From Its Street-Food King

Roy Choi invented the Korean taco craze. In his new cookbook, he takes readers on a wild tour of Los Angeles culinary offerings.

Training the Next Generation of Bullfighters ... in France

Kids take on fake bulls and real calves in Nimes. 

The World's Messiest 5K Race

Themed for-profit road races like the Color Run are proving to be a challenge for many cities to manage.

Awesome Art Made From Recycled Skateboards

Tokyo artist Haroshi makes wildly colorful art from hundreds of stacked skateboard decks.

Epic Photos of the World's Largest Ball Pit

Swimming in a million pink and green balls.

This Cafe Has Brilliantly Disguised Its 'B' Health Inspection Rating

Embarrassed by the lackluster score posted on your front window? Just add a 'R-U-N-C-H'!

A Verse to Go, Please: Street Poets and the Lives They Touch

On-demand poetry elevates curbside artists to messengers of clarity, wisdom, and solace.