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Mapping 'Urbicide' in World War II

Wartime cartography shows how U.S. bombing of Japan shifted from military targets to cities in general.

The End of the Domed Stadium

Once seen as a civic gem, demand for a permanently enclosed stadium has dwindled.

Gotham City, Under Construction

Batman: Death By Design, explores the link between Batman and architecture.

A Timeline of Storefronts

A Toronto photographer tracked the same addresses over four decades to tell his city's changing story.

Portfolio of the Week: Detroit's M1/DTW

An interview with architect Christian Unverzagt of M1/DTW, who uses Detroit's history and resources to create better designs.

Out of Old Typeface, a City Is Born

Amazing pictures of an artist's handcrafted city.

Scenes From the World's Tallest Tower

The Skytree debuts in Tokyo.

Would You Use This Weird Bike Loop?

A new bike club in China makes creative use of its roof.

What a Walkable City Should Look Like

A two-block virtual walk highlights Copenhagen's exceptional urban atmosphere.

Construction Finally Ends at CCTV's Beijing Headquarters

After many setbacks, Rem Koolhaas's  "reinvention of the skyscraper" is nearly ready to open.

Finding Relief in the World's Most Congested City: A Sunday Afternoon on São Paulo's Minhocão

Scenes from a highway reclaimed by the city's pedestrians and cyclists.

When a Bubble Becomes a Building

At a new festival in Rotterdam, the world's most fragile and temporary pavilion. 

The Midwest's Rebuild Era, in Pictures

A sociologist and an urban historian document the community activism reshaping some of the cities hardest hit by the great recession.

Why Does This Bench Need an Instruction Sign?

Has the city's public-works department gone rogue?

How Do You Navigate a City With No Street Names?

A photographer documents the way residents of Amman, Jordan, get around.

A Mirrored 'Stealth Cap' for Hiding in Crowds

Who doesn't want to enjoy some alone time in a shiny polyhedron from outer space?

A Brief History of Observation Towers

As London debuts its newest structural wonder, a tour of its counterparts around the world.

Public Art Project of the Day: Pools of Colored Light in Paris

A new take on the Grand Palais.

Scenes from Brazil's Crack Epidemic

The country is struggling to stem the spread of the drug in its urban slums.