Design

BBC

Britain's Oddly Captivating Reality Show About Land Use

The Planners is partly bucolic escapism and partly a sidelong look at the state of Britain today. And yes, it's actually fascinating.

Photos
Jeffrey Millstein

The Strange Beauty of Airports Photographed From Above

Jeffrey Milstein has turned a lifelong fascination with airplanes into a gorgeous portrait series of jet hubs.

En!gma

Temporary City of the Day: London, at Burning Man

That's the idea, at least.

Reuters

Sorry L.A., You Won't Be Getting That Modern Art 'Super-Museum' After All

The troubled Museum of Contemporary Art just rejected an offer to merge with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Videos
Mass Appeal

New York Graffiti Crew Redecorates an Abandoned Theme Park

TrustoCorp totally had its way with the old Rock-a-Hoola water park in California's Mojave Dessert.

Courtesy Yitik Hazine Yayınları

The Istanbul That Might Have Been, and Might Still Be

A book of unbuilt Ottoman-era architectural and engineering plans sheds surprising light on the current building boom in Turkey’s largest city.

Cart Life

Crazy Urban Video Game of the Day: Play a Street Vendor in 'Cart Life'

A "retail simulation" that tells stories of "social stratification, food, romance, money and death."

Reuters

Central Asia Rings in the New Year By Jumping, Repeatedly, Over Giant Fires

The start of spring comes with its own set of traditions.

Maps
Reuters

The Geography of March Madness

Maps highlight which teams have the biggest reach.

Photos
Adam Kennedy

A Photographer Sees Tiny Planets in San Francisco's Rusty Fire Hydrants

Finding worlds in aging infrastructure.

Shutterstock

Is It Time to Move Past Urban Studies and Toward Urbanization Science?

Some scholars are calling for a stronger understanding of the "DNA" of cities — and, by extension, an improved ability to address urban problems in a systemic manner.

Hugon Kowalski

Would More People Use the Public Library If It Had a Water Slide?

More than half of Poland doesn't seem to be reading anything. Would a more festive library design help them pick up a book?

See Japan Through the Eyes of the Country's Most Famous Anime Artists

A new online pop-culture travel magazine out of San Francisco's Japantown interviews artists about their favorite spots back home.

Photos
Babak Golkar

Turning a Persian Rug Into a City

Babak Golkar makes architectural designs out of carpet patterns.

Videos

A Pair of Nuts Fly Through Rio de Janeiro's Vertical Labyrinth

Extreme-sports enthusiasts Jokke Sommer and Ludovic Woerth take a hair-raising ride through Brazil's urban jungle.

Why We Just Might Want to Build Skyscrapers Out of Wood

Vancouver-based architect Michael Green is trying to convince the world to construct tall wood buildings.

Sign Painters

Promising Film Trailer of the Day: 'Sign Painters'

A city is only as good as its signs.

Videos

La Vita è Mortadella: A Day in the Life of an Italian Deli

"If ya don't see it, we don't have it."

Maps
Gestalten

'Femme Fatales of Cartography'

Inside a beautiful new collection of "maps you shouldn't trust yet cannot help but fall for."