Design

Reverse-Skeuomorphism of the Day: A Zoomable Paper Map

Watch out, Google.

The Many Disguises of California's Cell Phone Towers

A "Where's Waldo" game that you can play on the freeway.

The Best (and First?) Sci-Fi Novel Ever Set in a Wastewater Treatment Plant

An "ancient evil" has awoken in the Bay Area and is making life hell for sewage workers, according to a new novel by a real-life sewage professional.

Why Aliens Will Love Visiting D.C. Once All the Humans Are Gone

Ellen Harvey looks into the future and sees extraterrestrials amid neo-classical ruins.

Videos

Perspective-Bending Video of the Day: Point-of-View Parkour

If you are too scared to do it for real.

Videos

A Stunning Time-Lapse Video of Shanghai

Photographer Rob Whitworth portrays the tremendous energy of China's largest city.

Videos

The Worst of Last Night's Firework Disasters

Cities and towns all over America lit up the skies with their Fourth of July fireworks shows, but not all of them were so delightful.

A Closer Look at Portland's Giant, Carnivorous Street Lights

Four monstrous pitcher plants light up a new pedestrian pathway downtown ... if anybody's brave enough to use it, that is.

Happy Reopening, Statue of Liberty! We've Been Making a Big Deal Out of You Since 1885

In honor of $59 million worth of repairs following Superstorm Sandy, a look back at the initial excitement surrounding America's most famous statue.

Photos

LEGO Model of the Day: Urban Density Gone Bad

A playful exercise in jam-packed city living.

The Story of the Battle of Gettysburg, Told Through Maps

Though limited, these sketches help explain what happened, and why.

The Year in Hot Dog Innovation

Let it never be said that our nation stood still while others carried forth the banner of progress.

Henning Larsen's Greatest Building Was Also His Greatest Failure

The architect, who died last month, spent the last years of his career carefully disowning the Copenhagen Opera House.

Maps

A Heat Map Dining Guide to Hoagies, Hipsters and Bacon

Thanks to Yelp reviews.

How the Sharing Economy Can Save Summer Vacation

A nation of freelancers can't afford their own summer homes. But a return to co-vacationing means they won't have to.

What Small Towns Can Teach Us About Diabetes Care

A year-old program in Birmingham, Alabama, is finding success by cultivating a tight-knit community.

Photos

The Visual Signature of Your City

In Instagram photos.

Here's What It Used to Look Like When the NSA Spied on Foreigners

A once thriving hub of Cold War espionage, built on a Berlin hill made of World War II rubble.

Let There Be Light: Coney Island's Parachute Jump Gets Blinged Out

Will the post-Sandy makeover lure visitors back?