DIY Urbanism

Coming Soon to a Favela Near You: A Machine That Turns Old Soda Cans Into Furniture

The Rube Goldbergian "mobile foundry" smelts aluminum cans into helpful objects for your butt.

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Are Guerrilla Bike Lanes a Good Idea?

One of New York City's busiest streets doesn't have a full bike lane. The other night, some cycling advocates took matters into their own hands.

German Sarmiento

In Bogotá, Activists Are Fighting Against a Backslide in Pedestrian Safety

The birthplace of the car-free day saw 296 deaths on city streets last year.

Maureen Wilson/Jason Leach

Painting Your Own Crosswalk: Crime or Civic Opportunity?

A man was jailed for painting a crosswalk at a dangerous intersection. When he got back to his neighborhood, he was hailed as a hero.

Russian Man Builds Fantastic DIY Playground with Logs, Roots, Car Parts

Originally hailed as a death trap, the jungle gym has now become a beloved part of Moscow.

Urban Prototyping: San Francisco

The Next Generation of DIY Urbanism Projects: So Much Cooler Than Parklets

Just wait til you see the PPPlanter on a street corner near you.

Julie Roth

What's the Difference Between a Parking Lot and a Playground?

Not much, according to one urban hactivist, as long as you've got some white tape and shopping carts.

Patrick Cummins

A Timeline of Storefronts

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

David Schalliol

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.