Design

Umbrella Here/Kickstarter

The Sharing Economy Comes to the Umbrella

A high-tech beacon encourages not-at-all awkward encounters with wet strangers.

Matt' Johnson / Flickr

Overall, U.S. Streetcars Just Aren't Meeting the Standards of Good Transit

It's not anti-transit or anti-rail driving the skepticism; it's anti-bad rail transit.

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Hygienic Dress League

Making Ghostly Art From Detroit's Sewer Steam

Take a trip to a nightmare world full of giant pigeons and animal-headed businessmen.

David Zax

How Car Companies Are Trying to Win Back Millennials

Get ready for the dashboard selfie.

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Dorothea Lange/Library of Congress

A Vast New Archive of Images From the Great Depression

A new project from Yale invites viewers to explore some 175,000 photographs of America in the 1930s and '40s.

Flickr/Moyan Brenn

You Should Spend Money on Experiences, Not Things

Anticipation of a new experience is the best part, new data shows.

Sean Davis / Flickr

The Memphis Airport Is on a Mission to Become Its Own City

But whether America's cargo capital can support a real urban center remains to be seen.

Pat Sullivan/AP

The Astrodome: The World's Largest Indoor Garden?

Houston can't quit the Eighth Wonder of the World—but it can't quite decide what to do with it, either.

Reine Chahine

In Beirut, People Are Finally Venturing to Public Parks

Decades of conflict left Lebanon without public parks. Now activists are trying to bring them back. 

HOK

The Next-Generation Airport Is a Destination in Its Own Right

Why the new Indianapolis terminal will be a model for others to come.

CityFixer
WeViewTaiwan/YouTube

Every City Needs Hong Kong's Brilliant Baggage-Check System

In-town baggage service eliminates the hassle of hauling luggage to the airport or around the city.

Videos
'From Under the Rust'

Saving America's Ghost Trains

Can a band of locomotive experts rescue vintage railcars from ruin?

Lego Group

What the Lego Company Can Learn From Its Own Lego House Museum

Museum architect Bjarke Ingels is building better ideas with Legos than the company that designed them.

Maps
Bernhard Jenny (scree) and swisstopo

Making Better Digital Maps in an Era of Standardization

Using pre-digital techniques as inspiration, three cartographers lead the charge against cookie-cutter digital maps.

Flickr/TriMet

Why Portland Is Building a Multi-Modal Bridge That Bans Cars

The first of its kind in the U.S., the Tilikum Crossing will reflect the city's enduring transit culture.

Shavon Meyers

An Artist Brings NYC Back to the '80s on the G Train

"A New York Project" invites participants to step into New York City's past—starting with a pop-up subway party with the original Guardian Angels.

Paul Lukas

Learning How to Read Your City's Streets: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.

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Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

The Nation Needs a Permanent Memorial for the Lost Lives of Black Men

Their communities won't forget—and the rest of the country shouldn't, either.

Courtesy Marcy Thompson

Lawn Signs for People Who Hate Lawn Signs

An experiment in the absurd from Maplewood, New Jersey.