Courtesy Thomas Heatherwick

The Thames Riverside Is About to Get a Whole Lot Fancier

London's waterfront has never quite managed the elegance of the Seine, but that's about to change, with the help of a little inspiration from New York.

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Beware the Pseudo-Historical Retrofit Craze Sweeping Over Europe

The planning debate that sparked Turkey's recent protests is part of a larger, kind of weird architectural trend.


Are Global Cities Really Doomed to Become 'Citadels' for the Rich?

Surely there's something we can do about this.


At Last, Sushi Served by Drones

A London fast food chain tests out its new robotic wait staff, to somewhat disastrous results.

Almost Nobody Washes Their Hands Properly After Using the Bathroom

Also, Brazil deploys an energy-generating toilet and Britain scares the hell out of potential drunk drivers.


Visualizing the Stunning Growth of 8 Years of OpenStreetMap

Of course, these people know how to map their own mapping exploits.


The New Global Start-Up Cities

Our first in a series examining the changing geography of venture capital and high-tech companies.

Matthew Picton

These Funky 3D Paper Maps Bring a City's History to Life

Artist Matthew Picton evokes specific historical events or time periods with the art, text, even paper he chooses to use.


The World's Most Popular Tourist Cities

How Bangkok became the hottest city for international travelers.


The Forgotten Urban Transportation Problem We Should Be Trying to Fix

Freight is crippling metro areas, but it's rarely part of city planning.

Courtesy of Daniella Zalcman

Photographic 'Love Letters' to New York and London

Daniella Zalcman blends images of the two cities in a way that's both fantastical and haunting.

Olympic City

After the Olympics, Documenting What's Left

Gary Hustwit and Jon Pack have been photographing former Olympic sites around the world.

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The New Economy of City-Based Top Level Internet Domains

Dozens of cities will have the chance to design their own municipally focused microcosm of the web.


We Could Be Doing Something Useful With the Energy Under Our Feet

Some surprisingly not-so-unrealistic plans to capture unused energy all around us.


Gratitude Map of the Day: Thank You London

Something to be thankful for, from Mitcham to Highgate Hill.

Horrifying Urban 'Surprise' of the Day: A Fiery Hole in a London Sidewalk

Whoa! Heads up!


Boston Is One of the Best Prepared U.S. Cities to Handle a Crisis

The city conducted vivid, citywide disaster simulations in 2011 and 2012.

Benedikt Groß

Imagining the World's Cities in the Ocean-Dominated 'Hunger Games' Universe

If climate change caused the waters to rise by 500 feet, this is what major international cities might look like.

Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

The London Marathon Will Go On This Weekend, Organizers Say

Race officials are reviewing security precautions with local police after the attacks in Boston Monday.