Design

This Might Be the Most Impressive Pop-Up Park We've Ever Seen

In Brooklyn, a one-year installation houses a bike park, an urban farm, a lawn for movie screenings, and a placid green space.

Photos

These Houses With Slides in Them Would Make Anyone Giddy

Need to get from the bedroom into the foyer? Try one of these quirky chutes.

Photos

Edward Snowden, Pop Art Icon

Graffiti and street artists around the world find their latest inspiration in the beleaguered NSA whistleblower.

No, You're a 'Carpet Knight'!

The best old-timey insults from a new collection of long lost phrases.

Mesmerizing Animation of the Day: The Rise and Fall of a Paper City

As this video shows, an urban space is beautiful, complex, and fragile.

Go Ahead, Try Drawing an Outline of the Midwest on a Map

No one quite agrees on what counts as America's "Midwest," but its pattern of urbanization is one of a kind. 

If You Can't Bring the Beach to the City, Bring the City to the Beach

Kids from one of San Francisco's toughest neighborhoods find joy in the surf.

Victor Gruen Wanted to Make Our Suburbs More Urban. Instead, He Invented the Mall

How we ruined Gruen's plan for more walkable, tight-knit American downtowns.

Making Cities More Bird-Friendly With Nesting Bricks

Aaron Dunkerton wants to aid Britain's threatened sparrows by sheltering them in the fabric of urban architecture.

Videos

Disneyland's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad First Day

On the anniversary of its opening, a look back at what Walt Disney called "Black Sunday."

Streets Can Be Public Spaces Too

A street shouldn't just be about transportation, but also about civic definition and social and commercial interaction.

Photos

A Museum Show of Broken Umbrellas and Old Coffee Cups

A new exhibition transforms the "utterly ordinary" parts of New York City life into urban icons.

Baseball's Oddest Season

A look back at the peculiar personalities of the short-lived 1890 Players' League.

Maps

What Happens When Everyone Makes Maps?

OpenStreetMap and other free, online tools have allowed anyone to become a cartographer.

Nuns, Cows, and Ridiculous Costumes: Beautiful, Strange Scenes From the Tour de France

Oddball fans, striking landscapes and other pictures from this year's race.

Photos

This Is What It Would Look Like If You Dropped Manhattan Into the Grand Canyon

Whoa.

Photos

This Is Not a Watermark: Meet French Street Artist Mathieu Tremblin

A look into the mind of the often subtle urban interventionist. 

How Design Students See Gadgets Grappling With the Future of Urban Pollution

Breathing walls, noise-to-music converters, and more.

Los Angeles Man's Chandelier Tree Is a 'Magical Playground'

Circus worker Adam Tenenbaum's front yard has become a neighborhood gathering place due to one really weird art tree.