Design

A Brief Tour of San Francisco's Oddly Fancy Porta Potties

It's like they're prepping for a cover story in House & Garden.

Paris's Beloved, Legal Artist Squatter Community in Peril

A stand-off with the city could cost Paris one of its most-visited bastions of Bohemianism.

Celebrating L.A.'s Hidden Walkability

A two-day urban hike called the Big Parade reminds Angelinos that their city has a pedestrian culture after all.

Is China Not Urbanizing Fast Enough?: The Best #Cityreads of the Week

Our weekly roundup of the most intriguing articles about cities and urbanism we' ve come across in the past seven days.

Videos

Wildly Futuristic Stop Sign of the Day: A Laser-Powered Water Curtain in Sydney

The most ingenious way to stop too-tall trucks from colliding into bridges.

The Real Life Towns That Inspired 'The Great Gatsby'

Vintage photos of Long Island's mansions.

Maps

Compare Cities, Streets and Other Shapes With This Cartographic Mixing Machine

Curious to know what the Champs-Elysees might look like in Midtown Manhattan? Forget the square footage and just put it there.

What's Your City Watching on YouTube?

A new tool shows the geography of Internet distraction.

Toronto's Gorgeous Old Street Signs Might Soon Be for Sale

The city receives hundreds of requests a year to purchase the signs.

New York's Beloved Folk Art Museum May Be Spared From the Wrecking Ball

The MOMA reconsiders its plan to demolish the building after a fierce opposition campaign.

Why Did the Ostrich (or Snake, or Llama) Cross the Road?

9 adorable images of animals wandering the streets.

The Kind of Genius It Takes to Create Unique, Memorable Spaces

The fight against places that lack character and distinctiveness.

Record-Breaking Insect of the Day: The Greater Wax Moth

It can detect sounds of up to 300kHz. To compare, the teenagers chilling outside the 7-11 can hear a pathetic 20kHz.

Beijing's Creepy, Abandoned Theme Park Is Finally Coming Down

Once, developers dreamed of building "the largest amusement park in Asia." But no longer.

In 1954, Americans Were Told to Paint Their Houses to Increase Their Chances of Surviving an Atomic Bomb

How the paint and varnish lobby used the Cold War to sell property upkeep.

How You Cross the Street Largely Depends on Where You're From

French pedestrians take more "risks" at crosswalks than the Japanese, says a new study.

Photos

How the Highway Killed Washington's Waterfront

And how the city plans to bring it back to life.

Fresh Renderings of What San Francisco's New NBA Arena Might Look Like

Evolving designs for the Golden State Warriors' planned new home.

10 Playgrounds That Would Put Your Childhood Hangout to Shame

Gigantic crocheted alligators, luminous glowing water spurts, and more.