The Modern Urbanist's Guide to Life

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Holding Down the Hot Dog Cart

Faced with the threat of tickets and confiscated goods, New York's street food vendors struggle to find legitimacy and make ends meet.

Andrew Frasz

The Leave-No-Space-Unshared Era

Instead of devoting square-footage solely to co-working, a handful of organizations are making space to double duty.


A Color-Changing Shirt That Detects Air Pollution

Designer Nikolas Bentel conjures a dystopian future in which we have to learn to live with irreparably poor air quality.

Parkour as Protest in Kashmir

This short film explores the intersection of sport and activism in the Indian-controlled territory.

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Susannah Ray

Photographing the Rockaways' Surfers Before Hurricane Sandy

Susannah Ray’s series documents a culture permanently altered by the 2012 storm.

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How to Survive a Heat Wave

Hint: It helps to be young.

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Mapping Britain's Extremely Lewd, Rude, and Weird Place Names

Fancy a trip to the Shank of Inchgrundle?


A New App Explores the Powerful Workings of Skyscrapers

Designed for kids, “Skyscrapers” is a sweet tonic for high-rise malaise.

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How a Rural Road Transforms Into a 50-Mile Garage Sale

For one weekend each July, Route 90 in upstate New York is a bargain hunter’s dream.

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Mapping Where LGBT History Unfolded in New York

A new preservation project will document around 1,000 sites throughout the five boroughs.

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Japan's Safety Guide for Distracted, Wandering Pokemon Go Players

Now that the game has finally launched in Pokemon’s birth country, the Japanese government is prepared for the worst.

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Mega-Events Are Warming Up Conversations on Food Waste

Hunger and trashed food are commanding attention at this summer's biggest events, from the political conventions to the Olympic Games.

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How Noise Pollution Hurts Kids

Studies suggest learning is harder in loud environments, and poor kids may suffer disproportionately.


Polluted Cities Are Wreaking Havoc on People's Skin

Blame toxic fumes for your next wrinkle.

The Lost Arcade

When Video Game Arcades Were Community Centers

A new documentary explores the relationships built—and rebooted—in urban arcades.

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How Manila Is Making Streets Safer for Women

Under new legislation, catcalling is a punishable offense.

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Why Indianapolis Is Counting Its Bees

A city-wide count aims to draw attention to pollinators’ precarious place in urban habitats.

Tomoyuki Tanaka

An X-Ray View of Tokyo's Complex Architecture

Tomoyuki Tanaka renders the intricacies of some of the world’s busiest train stations by hand.

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How a Mobile Market Will Boost Access to Healthy Food in Flint

And a researcher’s data-driven map will point the portable grocer to the city’s neediest areas.