A cheatsheet on which city might be chosen as the next future host of the Summer Olympics—Tokyo, Madrid, or Istanbul.
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Tokyo made a guide to its labyrinthine underground network. But despite their good intentions, it may as well have been drawn by M.C. Escher.
When was the last time your museum experience involved a painting you can climb into or disembodied eyes following you in a room?
Istanbul is everything the Olympic committee wants -- and everything it fears. Tokyo is boring. Really, there's only one choice.
Of course, these people know how to map their own mapping exploits.
Photographer Koichi Shimano portrays the godlike volcano in the grips of seriously profound and weird weather.
Miha Tamura captures the extraordinary side of this everyday ride.
No American cities made the annual ranking, put together by Copenhagenize Design Co.
The Japanese company behind a new urban center is celebrating it with a rather unusual artwork.
More importantly: Does a city get anything out of the exercise?
Our weekly roundup of the most intriguing articles about cities and urbanism we've come across in the past seven days.
2 years after a devastating earthquake, 160,000 are still without housing.
Hard science is finally backing up centuries of aromatherapy wisdom.
There are big gaps in the Economist's Intelligence Unit rankings.
The two don't necessarily go together, according to a new report.
A Japanese construction company turns demolition into energy using something it calls a "big hat."
Public spaces decked out in the season's finest.
Cities have largely given up on pedestrian scrambles — but some are bringing them back.