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Mapping 26 Kaleidoscopic New York Cities

Rebecca Solnit’s third and final urban atlas reminds the reader that maps are not facts, but starting points.

Reprinted with permission from Overview by Benjamin Grant, ...

Mesmerizing Aerial Photos of Vast Human Playgrounds

A new book takes a birds’ eye view of recreation spaces across the globe.

Blue Crow Media

A Map for Exploring D.C.'s Brutalist Landscape

From the concrete vaults of Harry Weese’s Metro to Gordon Bunshaft’s doughnut-shaped Hirshhorn Museum, there’s no lack of heroic architecture to see in the nation’s capital.

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9 Books About City Life You Must Read This Fall

These new titles open windows onto urban culture around the world.

Twelve South

Why Not Cozy Up to a Candle That Smells Like a MacBook?

Because nothing conjures home and comfort like the scent of cold metal.

Heidrum Henke

The Vienna Orchestra That Makes Music With Vegetables

First songs, then soup.

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An Ode to Urban Forests

A new book unpacks the indelible relationship between city dwellers and trees.


7 Documentaries About Cities Streaming Now

More profiles of cities, their residents, and their dramas.

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American Voters, in Their Own Words

A new podcast tries to tease out why voters are really lining up behind each candidate.

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The Ultimate Travel Guide for Armchair Explorers

Atlas Obscura’s new book catalogs 700 marvelous sights across all seven continents.


Warm Your Apartment with a Compact, Candle-Powered Heater

The Egloo is made of terracotta and needs just four tea lights to heat a whole room.

People for Urban Progress

What Can You Build With a Dismantled Stadium?

In Indianapolis, a nonprofit is turning the Colts’ old stomping ground into shade shelters, wallets, and more.

Blue Crow Media

Your Guide to Moscow's Constructivist Buildings

A new map marks a path through the Russian capital in pursuit of Soviet avant-garde architecture.


Build Modular Furniture With No Drilling or Screwing

Snap together a bookcase, then take it apart and fashion a room divider or sofa.

Michael James Murray

Imagining Streets as Their Own Little Worlds

The photographer Michael James Murray swirls pictures of blocks and landmarks into sphere-shaped panoramas.

Baise-en-villes Skateboards

A Stylish French Skateboard That's Easy to Carry

The Baise-en-villes skateboard can be locked or equipped with lights, just like a bicycle.

Back-to-School Gear for Urbanists

Fall offers an excuse to spruce up your desk, even if you’re not headed off to class.

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The View From Baltimore

In his coming-of-age book The Cook Up, D. Watkins writes about drugs, race, and class for audiences living in different Americas.