The Undervalued Simplicity of Bob Noorda's Vision for Milan's Metro

Transit officials haven’t given his first metro project the respect it deserved.

Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze

Capturing Hong Kong in the 'Blue Moment'

For just a few minutes a day, the sky cloaks the entire city in a glowing, azure tint.

Ron Miriello/Soviet Poster Show

Posters of City Life in a Fading USSR

A traveling design show toured the U.S. 25 years ago to shed light on Soviet city life under a failing but reforming government.

D.C. Former Retail

The Ghosts of D.C.'s Zoning Code

A wonky Tumblr documents the city’s retail shops converted into residences, thanks to arcane zoning laws.

Brian Rose/Edward Fausty

A Changing Manhattan Through Four Decades of World Trade Center Photographs

In WTC, Brian Rose’s photographs explore presence, absence, and a constantly changing city.

REUTERS/Russell Boyce

A New Social Media Campaign Reveals London's High Rents and Shady Landlords

Want a moldy suburban apartment for $1,500? Then you’ve come to the right city.

Bence Bakonyi

Photographing China, Without the Crowds

A photographer’s solo journey leads to an uniquely beautiful take on the country’s landscapes.

Mark Giorgione/Collage Baseball

When Art Photography and Old Baseball Cards Collide

One artist is merging two very different worlds and coming up with delightfully strange results.


Youth Artists Are Painting Gorgeous Murals Inside New York City Public Housing

“We want them to convey a sense of home.”

J.B. Spector/Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

Building Engineering Marvels Out of Lego

The exhibit “Brick by Brick” features the painstaking creations of master Lego builder Adam Tucker.

Urb-i/Google Street View

More Before-and-After Photos of the World's Best Street Designs

A newly updated archive lets you track images of urban makeovers across the world.

Panda Collection, Canadian Architectural Archives

The Design Competition That Opened Toronto to the World

When it needed a new city hall in 1958, Toronto received more than 500 submissions from all over the globe. The winning design still endures today.

Andre Muniz Gonzaga

Sometimes the Walls Really Do Have Ears... and Eyes, and Teeth

Exploring the freaky, anthropomorphic street art of Brazil’s Andre Muniz Gonzaga.

STM/Ville de Montréal Archives

A Look Back at Montreal's First Subway Cars

The modest-looking MR-63s ushered in the city’s rapid transit system 50 years ago. Starting this year, they’re being phased out for sleek new models.

Joey O'Loughlin

What Urban Hunger Looks Like Now

In her work, the photographer Joey O’Loughlin captures the diverse reality of New York’s food pantry lines.

© Sergio Larrain/Magnum Photos

Photographing Britain Through an Outsider's Eyes

A new exhibition reveals more than just bad teeth and grey skies.

KayLynn Deveney

The Fading Romance of America's 'Cinderella Homes'

“All you can lose is your heart.”

Gisela Erlacher

Photographing Urban 'Under-Spaces'

An artist finds hidden pockets of life beneath the expressways and bridges of cities in China, the Netherlands, and the U.K.