London

Patrick Baty

A Day in the Life of a Paint Detective

Meet the man who can figure out the birthplace of 200-year-old doors, just by looking at them.

Reuters

Climbing Buildings, the World Over

Parkour around the globe.

State Dept./SOM

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

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

Love Is Destroying Rome's Infrastructure: This Week in Bans

The freshest news in what's been outlawed across the world.

Reuters

The Legal Activities Banned in London

More than 400 zones in Britain's dominant city have extra rules. Disobeying them can get you a ticket.

Sweatshoppe

Artists Cover Europe With Invisible Graffiti

In Video Painting Europe, Sweatshoppe uses ingenious infrared tracking to smear digital video over concrete surfaces with paint rollers.

Andrew Burton / Reuters

The World's Leading Cities for Fashion

The places with a disproportionate impact on what gets made, admired, and sold.

Kevin Chu

What the Heck Is This Thing?

This concept building is being billed as a vertical farm. We'll be the judge of that.

Sam Martin/Exterior Architecture

Is London Serious About Building a Network of Elevated Bike Lanes?

The city is indeed mulling an elaborate plan to hitch bike lanes along elevated rail tracks.

Courtesy VIctor Dover

Defining a Great Street

What makes some spaces better than others?

Flickr/Paul Lowry

Throwing It All Away: NYC Subway Trashes More Trash Cans

Transit officials say a pilot program has helped reduce garbage inside stations, but results elsewhere have been mixed.

Reuters

Berlin's Invisible Gentrifiers

The city's properties are being sucked up by out-of-towners who visit only a few weeks a year, turning neighborhoods into ghost towns.

Melissa Price

Maps of London, Minus London

There's a lot to see when you take away the street grid.

Facebook/MediaCityUK

Television as Urban Regeneration: Manchester's MediaCityUK

BBC is decentralizing to Northern England as part of a sweeping urban redevelopment project. Can it bring some of London's prosperity with it?

YouTube/UCLEngineering

Making Sense of Inevitable Transit Delays

Researchers are using rider data to better understand how stressed subway crowds flow through the system.

MTA

Are Our Transit Maps Tricking Us?

Subway maps distort the reality on the ground for all kinds of reasons. What happens when we make decisions based on them?

This Week in Bans: The English and Their 'Extreme' Dog Dancing

Also, Oklahoma City outlaws Michigan sportswear and a face-kicking preacher is turned away from the U.K.

Public Interventions

Parks Weren't Always for Everybody

A new project in London tries to send that message through a playful, interactive installation.

Feargus O'Sullivan

Why I Moved Back to the Suburbs

Increasingly, I find fashionable inner city neighborhoods as banal as any suburb, just more expensive.