Design

Mack Male

How One City Forgot Who Was Changing the Light Bulbs

Inside Edmonton's pedways, you'll find a confounding mix of public, private, and semi-private space. 

Flickr user Steven Vance

Protected Bike Lanes Aren't Just Safer, They Can Also Increase Cycling

10 percent of new riders on recently constructed protected lanes switched from other modes.

Will Domes Cover Our Future Cities? 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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Jade Doskow

The Architectural Relics of World's Fairs

Photographer Jade Doskow spent seven years exploring the grounds of former international expos.

AP Photo/Kiicharo Sato, File

Cracks in the Willis Tower's Glass Skydeck Were 'Fixed' with Carpet

The carpet will be replaced, but the famed Chicago Skydeck is still open in the meantime.

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Farewell

An Innovative, If Evil Way to Mess With Public Advertising

Ever want to turn an annoying billboard into a sliced-up mess? Here's how.

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."