How Climate Change Is Creating New Exurbs in the Middle East

Hot temperatures and droughts are pushing people into cities, often with disastrous consequences.

You Know What Would Make Egypt's Pyramids Better?

Putting a swing set at the top, at least according this dubious 1930s plan.

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Fortress America: How the U.S. Designs its Embassies

The challenge of architecture that epitomizes American values while offering total security.


Protests Erupt at Embassies Across the Middle East

Violent clashes spread to almost a dozen countries.


Messages of Protest: Reactions to the Embassy Turmoil

"Anything but our prophet," "America supports all faiths," and other signs from the protests in the Middle East.


The Uncomfortable Politics Behind the History of Urban Fires

A new book offers a sweeping look at how fire – and the way we’ve responded to and manipulated it – has shaped cities in every part of the world.

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The Geography of James Bond

Who's been to more cities, you or 007?


Africa's New Biggest City Is Lagos, Nigeria

The West African metropolis has hit 21 million, surpassing Cairo.


Pop-Up Pools for Cairo's Slums

A trick for keeping residents of sweaty cities cool.


The Never-Ending Tumult in Cairo

Protesters decried the most recent ruling on deposed leader Hosni Mubarak.


Election Day in Cairo

A city celebrates its first free election in 30 years.


The Curious Case of the 'Imposturbs'

Themed real estate developments have spread urban mimicry all over the world. But why do we want these places?

Chart of the Day: Africa's Greenest Cities

A side-by-side comparison of 15 major metro areas.

Why Do Cow Brains Keep Getting Seized at the Cairo Airport?

International smugglers have tried to bring cow brains into Egypt four times in the past two weeks


Video of the Day: Cairo's Garbage People

A new documentary follows a family of Coptic Christians, one of thousands who tend to the city's trash


Is Yemen's Capital City Doomed?

Sana'a could literally run out of water by 2017. And so far, very little has been done