Design

Richard Hell Looks Back on Punk's Roots in Place

Yes, there's plenty of sex and drugs in the musician's new memoir, but it also ponders the lasting cultural influence of punk on New York City.

Photos

The Case for Low-Rise Density

It sprung up 40 years ago as a more livable alternative to high-rise public housing. Are there lessons we can adapt today?

How Boston Magazine Put Together Its Striking Marathon Cover

The magazine collected and photographed dozens of shoes from runners, all while the city was on lock-down.

What's a Bike Good For? Churning Ice Cream, Apparently

A store in downtown Los Angeles sells only pedal-churned frozen treats.

This Is a Stadium, Not a Secret Fortress for a James Bond Villain

Architects want to build a soccer venue in Abu Dhabi that's sited inside a hollowed-out mountain.

The Best Idea Yet To Get People to Curb Their Junk Food Consumption

Are you listening, Mayor Bloomberg?

Stunning Laser Scans That Could Help Us Reuse Aging Buildings Better

No, these are not renderings.

Skyscraper Trees: Good or Gimmicky?

Debating the merits of planting forests on the sides of tall buildings.

A Pantone-Style Color Guide for Beers

Now if only they made a corresponding line of beer-colored paints.

What E. L. Konigsburg Taught Me About Cities

The beloved children's book author captured the essence of urban life better than just about anyone else.

Weirdly Catchy Song of the Day: The National Park Week Jingle

If you don't know, now you know.

The Faces of New York, Plastered on the Sidewalks of New York

The portraits were taken in a giant photo booth in Tribeca.

Photos

BIG's Newest Park Is Modelled After ... a City

The gigantic French green space is being billed as a "metropolis of retail, culture, and leisure."

Kennebunk Has a Cocktail That Costs $40,000

The "Ruby Rose" is made with premium vodka, grapefruit juice and a four-carat gemstone.

How Photographers Are Telling the Story of China's Warp-Speed Urbanization

A new exhibition of contemporary Chinese photography charts the country's phenomenal growth from 2000 to 2012.

Videos

Creative Skyscraper Use of the Day: A Giant Game of Pong

The world's largest game of pong, played on Philadelphia Cira Center's massive glass facade.

See This Gigantic Red Ball 'Tour' Paris

Artist Kurt Perschke is installing an enormous red ball in a different Parisian location every day through April 28.

Photos

In Praise of the Stockholm Subway's Breathtaking Art

Think of it as the world's largest public art exhibit.

Photos

Photo or Painting? With These Cityscapes, It's Almost Impossible to Tell

British painter Nathan Walsh brings a photo-realism style to urban landscapes.