Design

The Tragedy of Modern Retirement Communities

When America's first "active" retirement communities opened, average life expectancy was 69.7. Now it's 78.7

Map of the Day: New York's Geography of Complaining

Garbage is an issue.

YouTube/converse

Can We Recreate the Theater of the Street On Screen?

A marketing campaign's cameras turn a select number of public spaces into stages.

Videos

Paying People To Plant Trees

A Chicago group is fighting storm water pollution and heat islands by offering rebates to people who buy trees or rain barrels.

Videos
Blender Institute

In Amsterdam, a Tale of Love and Killer Robots

Nerds crowdsource a sci-fi adventure that imagines the city as a post-apocalyptic wonderland.

Carmichael Collective

Absurd Traffic Obstacle of the Day: The Minneapolis Bike Matador

Ole!

Privacy Pop

The Bed Tent: A Solution for Nosy Roommates?

Many city dwellers might not realize they need a bed tent. They're probably correct.

Norman Oder

Why Reviewing Brooklyn's New Arena Before It Opened Was Premature

Barclays Center can't be assessed as a standalone building; its impact on the surrounding neighborhood must be taken into account.

Photos

What Does a City Lose When It Loses Faith in Its Favorite Hobby?

Hockey was once a way of life in this Kazakh city. But times have changed, deflating a once vibrant industry.

Reuters

Cures Around the Corner

Street-side treatments around the world.

Videos

A Japanese Subway Train Composed of Music

All aboard the Math Homework Express!

Dror

A Man-Made, Net-Zero Energy Island Off the Coast of Istanbul

A proposal imagines 300,000 housing units built into six hyper-energy efficient domes.

Photos

The Architectural Legacy of Spain's Building Boom

In the first decade of the 21st century, Spain was defined by bold building. But the recession has brought the country's architectural ambitious to a halt.

Now Boarding the Chicago L: Creepy, Disembodied Animal Heads

Artists modified this train to include gruesome animal specimens, grass growing on the walls and a campsite lit by an electric sunset.

Videos

The Little Robot Who Grew Up to Devour a City

This music video tells the classic story of a robot making good, moving to the big city, and eating it.

Christian Hartmann / Reuters

Paris Commemmorates Its 2006 World Cup Defeat, in Bronze

"This statue goes against the tradition of making statues to honor victories," a museum official explained. "It is an ode to defeat."

Photos
Paolo Cirio

Bringing the 'Ghosts' of Google Street View To Life

An artist recreates the scenes captured by Google's cameras.

Reuters

Even the Smell of Cigarettes Changes How We Use Public Spaces

Smokers and the battle for the outdoors.

Photos
Florentijn Hofman

Plastic Bag Creation of the Day: The Slugs of Angers

Move over balloon animals. There's a new game in town.