Videos

Housing Through the Centuries

From painted caves to 3-D printed houses.

These Futuristic Driverless Car Intersections Forgot About Pedestrians and Cyclists

It would be a huge mistake for cities to undo all the progress being made on human-scale street design.

Watch 210 Years of Manhattan Densification in 2 Minutes

This visualization shows density peak in 1910, slip in the 20th century, then creep upward after 1980.

Newark Isn't the Only Prime Spot for Sewer Fishing

Texas has a leg up on New Jersey when it comes to casting lines in urban waterways.

The Dutch (Of Course) Just Mastered Bicycle Parking

This is what it looks like when bikes are treated the way cars are.

Workplace Safety, as Demonstrated by Buster Keaton

Just months before his death, the silent film star starred in a gag-filled project for the Construction Safety Association of Ontario.

Why Did a Self-Braking Volvo Plow Into a Bystander?

Caught on video, a perplexing collision raises questions about how to regulate automated features.

Paris or New York?

A short animation pits the two iconic cities against one another.

Relive 'Batkid' Fever With the Trailer for 'Batkid Begins'

Everybody’s favorite feel-good story is getting a theatrical release.

Why Your Subway Is Delayed, Explained as an 8-Bit Video Game

New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority released this stylized video as part of an initiative to reduce delays.

15 Seconds of Pure Parkour Terror

A free-runner laughs at death by leaping across the side of a Dubai tower.

'The Last Black Man in San Francisco' Searches for Home in a Fast-Changing City

Now fundraising on Kickstarter, a film by two S.F. natives will grapple with race, class, displacement, and the importance of friendship.

Why Oscar Grant's Mother Still Celebrates His Birthday

“The hardest part is Oscar not being here with us to see that, you know what, his life mattered.”

What It's Like to Drone Over Buenos Aires

Zip through the skies of the Argentine capital with this new short film.

Brutal Parodies of Amazon's 'Life in Seattle' Recruitment Video

One line: “I can't imagine what this place must have been like before all the new money, colorful condos, and Ferris wheels.”

Parkour Nuts Conquer the Dizzying Heights of Paris

There are at least three close calls with death in this hair-raising video.

Technicolor Footage of Berlin, Two Months After the End of World War II

On the 70th anniversary of VE Day, a remarkable film shows Berliners cleaning up a city in ruin.

African Cities Are Discovering Themselves

The upcoming film Afripedia showcases the strengths and chaos of an urbanizing Africa.

'Grand Theft Auto 2,' Remade With Real People and a Drone

The Czech city of Valašské Meziříčí fills in for "Anywhere, USA" in this version. You can't play, but it's well worth watching.