Videos

What Is a City?

A pair of physicists tackle a seemingly simple, incredibly complicated question.

How About a Crosswalk Light that Dances?

The makers of this gyrating Do Not Cross signal say it reduces jaywalking by 81 percent.

Hail a New York Taxi, Get a High Five Instead

A random beardo is spreading surprise high fives all over the city.

Exploring the Art Along Detroit's People Mover

Seen by many as an urban-planning boondoggle, there's a cultured side to the city's humble light rail system.

Watch One World Trade Center Get Built Through a Time-Lapse Video

See years of construction fly by in this ode to rebuilding after devastation.

An Endearingly Cranky Tour of Street Typography

Designer James Victore has a lot of strong opinions about the dumb fonts employed by local businesses.

Making Ghostly Art From Detroit's Sewer Steam

Take a trip to a nightmare world full of giant pigeons and animal-headed businessmen.

Hyperlapse Videos Capture the Beauty of Transit Around the World

Check out cinematic commutes worldwide through the magic of Instagram.

Saving America's Ghost Trains

Can a band of locomotive experts rescue vintage railcars from ruin?

Why the World Smells Different After It Rains

Behold, the wonders of petrichor.

The Pros and Cons of Living on a Sailboat in the Caribbean

Before you chuck your apartment to live on a boat, heed the wisdom of a man who lives alone at sea.

3D Editing of 2D Photos. Yeah, It's Possible

Computer engineers have created software that could make it impossible to tell if photos are real. 

The Number One Thing We Could Do to Improve City Life, According to Geoffrey West, M. Sanjayan, Jennifer Pahlka, and More

Leading voices from this year's Aspen Ideas Festival. 

When Cooling Towers Get Demolished, They Produce Mammoth Smoke Rings

It's like they're occupied by cigar-sucking giants.

From 'Controlled Regional Growth' to Dancing on the Silver Line: D.C. Metro Promotional Videos Through History

As WMATA's newest rail line debuts, a look back at videos from the early days of Washington's transit system.

Think You Can Shred? Try Skateboarding a Pallet Down Tram Tracks

We don't actually recommend that. But one skater has developed something way cooler than any longboard.

The Remote Warehouse Where Confiscated Wildlife Ends Up

A government repository reveals a global industry of plant and animal trafficking.

Does Your Bike-Share System Have a Theme Song?

Changwon, South Korea's does. Get ready to be jealous. 

Remembering Pittsburgh's Most Mesmerizing Sign

In a city filled with illuminated signs, Westinghouse's light show was the one to watch for 30 years. Nostalgia for it remains.