Design

What Happens to the Olympics Plans of Cities That Don't Win Them?

More importantly: Does a city get anything out of the exercise?

Places Even Cell Phones Don't Reach: 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.

Sustainable Furniture Made From Agricultural Waste and Poop

Would you sit on a stool that had actual stool in it?

The Simple Philosophy Behind St. Louis's Spectacular Central Library Renovation

In short: The books should be more prominent than ever.

Trippy, Gorgeous Photos of Salt Mines

The process of mining that salt can produce beautiful landscapes.

Hong Kong's Bookstore of Banned Books

An interview with Paul Tang, whose People's Recreation Community has tapped into an intriguing new market.

The Little Chimney Stack That Refused to Be Knocked Down

The demolition of a 175-foot-tall smokestack in Washington state experiences a slight hiccup.

A Miami Neighborhood Begins to Bristle at its Own Success

The artsy Wynwood district was brought to life by Second Saturday. But the transition from art walk to street party has left some gallery owners cold.

New York City Has a Costumed Characters Problem

A Cookie Monster gone rogue may finally precipitate a crackdown in Times Square.

One Man's Obsessive Mission to Draw Every Building in New York

A new book by Australian artist James Gulliver Hancock captures all the ones he's done so far.

New Orleans Has a Soup That Supposedly Cures Hangovers

Research shows the bastardized Chinese dish "yakamein" has all the nutrients you need to overcome a night of hard drinking.

A Celebration of Yiddish, Emblazoned on a Former Symbol of Nazi Power

The monumental work by American conceptual artist Mel Bochner represents a particularly sweet triumph of art.

Imagining Moscow Landmarks If They Were Mostly Underground

The "iceberg" metaphor made literal.

Luminous 'Light Paintings' of D.C.'s Cherry Blossoms

With a long exposure and a flashlight, Jacques Domenge brings out the surreal beauty of the cherry trees after the crowds have gone.

A New Urbanism Fantasy, Painted in Oils

Architectural artist Carl Laubin has combined every winner of the Richard H. Driehaus Prize into a single city, and the results make more sense than you might think.

Amazing Bathroom Fixture of the Day: The Street Map Sink

Haven't you always wanted to brush your teeth over the streets of London?

Digging Out From Mumbai's Massive Building Collapse

At least 72 people were killed.

Photos

Grotesquely Polluted Landscapes ... or Beautiful Art?

Photographer David Maisel has a knack for capturing the beauty and the horror of contaminated mines and toxic lakes.

Symbols Worth Saving: 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.