Design

Maps
Martin Elmer/Maphugger

Wikipedia's Most Common Word in the History of Nations? Definitely 'War'

A map of few words.

A Watercolor Guide to Harlem's Hidden Bakeries

An artist chronicles the neighborhood's best sweet shops.

Photos
Thierry Cohen

What City Skies Would Look Like Without Light Pollution

In this haunting series, Thierry Cohen rids urban areas of their electric lights to reveal luminous celestial vistas.

Twigboy/Wikimedia Commons

The 5 Most Important Sustainability Stories of 2013

A new rise of suburban sprawl, getting serious about climate change and more.

Videos

Snowboarding the City

Sebastien Toutant took advantage of Montreal's record snow, performing some impressive stunts in a downtown park.

Urban Trends We Hope Die in 2013

Enough with the yarn bombing already, and other wishes for the new year.

Photos
Scott Hazard

Artist Tears Up Raleigh

Scott Hazard creates trompe l'oeil that make it looks like he's chewing holes through the fabric of space-time.

Joe Skipper/Reuters

Public Funding for Stadiums Jumps the Shark in Miami

Let's hope outrage over the Marlins deal never fades away.

Haptic Lab

Urban Fabric of the Day: City Quilts

The city is getting soft.

Maps
Brandon Martin-Anderson

Mapping the Census: A Dot for Every Person

A perfect representation of density.

A Bold Concept for Post-Sandy Manhattan

Imagine marshes, floating neighborhoods, and hydroponic farms on city land.

The Best City Time-Lapse Videos of 2012

Kuala Lampur, Chicago, Toronto, San Francisco, and Hurricane Sandy make this year's list.

BMW Guggenheim Lab

Mumbai Music Video of the Day: 'This City'

A music video about public space and community in Mumbai.

Ekaterina Pokrovsky/Shutterstock

Who Reads the Most: Cities, Suburbs, or Rural Areas?

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the biggest nerd of them all?

Reuters

Taking a Post-Christmas Dip

Polar bear plunges around the world.

Videos
City of Poznan

The World's Best Ice Sculptors Throw a Party

The 2012 International Poznań Ice Festival.

New York City To Get Its Very Own Pyramid

The new building will slope up to 38 stories, with a giant courtyard, almost the size of a football field, cut out of the center.

Videos

Transforming Cities Into Snow Globes

In this video, a blend of time-lapse and macro photography creates a festive look.

Flickr

Mississippi's Capital City Doesn't Have a Movie Theater. Will That Ever Change?

The city has been struggling to recruit one since 2009.