Design

Jamestown Really, Really Loves Lucy

It has the festivals, museums and many murals to prove it.

Detroit's Emergency Manager Could Sell the City's Art Collection

Kevyn Orr asked Christie's auction house to come in and appraise the city-owned collection at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Videos

Eerie, Pixelated Girl Lurks in a British Train Station

Cross that demon child from The Ring with a 16-bit Super Mario, and you might get this uncanny optical illusion.

Please, Take a Load Off on Copenhagen's Free Street Hammocks

The hammocks, made from old fire hoses, also double as playground swings.

Nerdy Infographic of the Day: Which Cities Are Most Popular With the Literati?

See how world cities stack up to each other -- in terms of the amount of books written about them.

The Incredible, Explosive Growth of Chicago, As Seen Through Its Maps

See the first-ever map of the city, and how it evolved over a century.

Photos

China's New Tallest Building Will Have the World's Fastest Elevators

They will travel at 40 mph.

American Drinkers Are Turning Against Beer

Bad news for brews: Among the youngest Americans, beer preference is collapsing.

The Depressing Stuff You'll Find Inside an Abandoned Inner City School

Travel back in time to Buffalo, 1979.

The Mysterious Paintings Popping Up in Doorways All Over New York, Explained

Turning the East Village into a puzzle of art and exploration.

Glimpse the Absurd Parisian Ghost Town in the Middle of China

A luxury real estate developer in Hangzhou thought it could cash in on China's love for all things French. It hasn't worked out that way.

Photos

When Neglected Buildings Become Seriously Trippy Art Projects

If you've ever spotted street art involving pin-up models with kitty heads or screaming flowers, it's probably the work of Chile's Macarena "Macay" Yañez.

Videos

408 Hot Air Balloons Just Took Off at the Same Time — Here's Video

The breaking of a world record, in time-lapse.

How Cities Mess With Our Sleep Cycles

Electrical lighting has allowed our bodies to move away from our natural clock.

'Jesse Owens Was Here'

Berlin's 1936 Olympic Village once housed Nazis and Soviets. Today, there's an effort to convert the neglected site into a museum.

The Writing on Mexican Walls Isn't Graffiti—It's 'Vernacular Branding'

A new book documents the tradition, commerce and politics of colorful bardas de baile.

Planning a Trip Around the World on a Rickshaw Is Exactly as Hard as It Sounds

What do you do, for instance, when you can't get a visa to pedal through Pakistan?

Practical Lessons for Turning Around a Neighborhood in Decline

New Haven's once sketchy Chatham Square is now safe, with annual festivals that draw visitors from around the city.

Videos

Building a Hotel in 6 Days: A Time-Lapse of China's Construction Miracle

A video captures the dizzying pace of building in the country.