Design

This Brilliant Rain-Collecting 'Sofa' Can Help Address Scarce Water Supplies

A super useful piece of furniture for the outdoor urban living room.

Why Banksy Chose New York For His Street Art Comeback

The elusive graffiti artist speaks out.

London Has a Hybrid Pastry-Naming Controversy on Its Hands

Starbucks says it just invented the "Duffin." But a well-known tea shop has been selling them for a while.

Zaha Hadid's New Library in Vienna Looks Like a Looming Deathship

A Star Destroyer from George Lucas's fevered imagination, perhaps?

A Fashion Line Inspired by, of All Things, Urban Planning

Architect Azin Valy created street chic dresses, bags, and scarves that incorporate aerial views of cities around the world.

Croatia's Growing Pains

On its independence day, a look around the country's lingering ethnic tensions.

Gamblers and Hackers Alike Flock to Macau, the World's Casino Capital

Macau bypassed Vegas years ago as the world's biggest betting center and it's still making gains.

Americans Smoke 139,000 Cigarettes Every 15 Seconds (And They're All in This Painting)

Chris Jordan warns against the environmental consequences of throwing away more than a trillion cigarette butts annually.

Prague: The Las Vegas of Europe No More?

The city just instituted new bans on outdoor debauchery. But will they just push tourists into once-quiet neighborhoods?

This Interactive Map Highlights San Francisco's Literary Landmarks

A clickable collection of booksellers, book locales, and Bay Area authors.

The Daily Diets of Different Nations, Squeezed Into One Awesome Chart

The United States and China eat the most meat, and poorer nations tend to subsist on cereals and starchy roots.

How Houston Could Become America's Best City: Top #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.

French 'Spider-Man' Climbs His Latest Skyscraper

Alain Robert entertained the lunch crowd in La Defense yesterday as he scaled a 607-foot tower with his bare hands.

Photos

Celebrity Love Letters to Their Favorite Parks

A new book invites Bill Clinton, Zadie Smith and more to explain what draws them to their favorite urban green space.

These Newborn Babies Are Pittsburgh Pirates Fans From Day 1, Literally

The team just got some new lifelong supporters.

What Makes London's Underground Logo So Special?

Design historian David Lawrence's new book explores its history and how it came to be synonymous with the city it serves.

40 Percent of Americans Say Their Neighborhoods Are Unwalkable

A vast majority of people want to walk more, but say there are no nearby services, shops, schools, or jobs to get to.

Massive Submarine Invades Milan in an Outrageous Publicity Stunt

An Italian insurance company went all out on this one.

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Austin's Weird Festival-Based Economy

How does the home of SXSW deal with the challenges of loud music venues and constantly exploding tourist populations? By recognizing these are good problems to have.