Design

Reuters

Why Do We Love Manhattanhenge So Much?

Where nature meets the grid, we find an ancient way of connecting with the cosmos. 

Phil Noble/Reuters

Why Some Cities Shouldn't Give Up on the Olympics

Dictators and democracies bid to host the Olympic Games for different reasons. Cities that could use an autocrat's touch are right to reach for Olympic glory.

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Autodesk

They 3D-Printed the Future Skyline of San Francisco

A projection system can map traffic patterns and demographics over the ersatz city, too.

Courtesy Robert A.M. Stern

Why the 'Garden City' Is Making an Unlikely Comeback

"Suburbs are like cholesterol," says Robert A.M. Stern — there's good and there's bad, all to be sensibly calibrated.

Tseng Yi-Wen

Cigarette Designs Intended to Trick Smokers Into Quitting

Could these surreal alternatives help people find a healthier lifestyle?

Shutterstock

Do Drivers Discriminate Against Minorities at Crosswalks?

In an initial study, researchers found a large disparity. 

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Vignelli Associates

Remembering the Designer Who Changed the Way We Think About Transit Maps

Massimo Vignelli, who died Tuesday at the age of 83, brought simplicity to American graphic design.

LVMH

The Anxiety of Paris, Captured in a Single Department Store

A judge's ruling over renovations to La Samaritaine has the city wondering about its future. 

Wikimedia Commons

How World War II Revolutionized Maps: Best #CityReads of the Week

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

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ASK Studio

Smoker's Shelters: A Hot New Design Frontier?

“It makes you want to smoke so you can be in it.”

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Clearwater Mills LLC

A Giant Wheel Is Cleaning Up Baltimore's Garbage-Filled Inner Harbor

The water and solar-powered device is expected to pick up as much as 800,000 pounds of garbage a year.

Jeff Goldberg/ESTO

Reclaiming the Space Where the Twin Towers Stood

A New Yorker's first impressions of the 9/11 Memorial Pavilion. 

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Fernando Barbella

Imagining the Future of Signage

"DON'T HONK YOUR HORN. ROBOT IN CHARGE WON'T REACT TO IT."

Kathleen McDermott

This Robotic Dress Fights for Your Personal Space

It expands like a balloon to drive unwanted creepsters away.

Cheryl Cort/Smart Growth America

The Most Dangerous U.S. Cities for Pedestrians

Between 2003 and 2012, 47,025 pedestrians were killed by drivers in the United States.

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Michael Freeman/Museum of the City of New York.

Remembering the Father-Son Virtuosos of New York's Historic Arches and Vaults

The Guastavinos helped design thousands of buildings around the U.S., but nowhere is their work as prominent as in New York City.

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Adolf Bereuter

A Tiny Austrian Town Has the Coolest Bus Shelters We've Ever Seen

Each designed by an international architect.

Idan Noyberg/Gal Bulka

Is This the Way to Find Privacy on Economy Flights?

It might make you look like a big, misanthropic baby, but this head sling for fliers promises solitude and comfort.

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Mark Byrnes

Capturing the Signs of a Changing D.C.—Before They Disappear

Where the biggest demographic shifts are happening along the city's Green line, the buildings are changing with them.