John Metcalfe

Sam Hooper

Watch the Pacific Northwest Change Before Your Eyes

An award-winning visualization uses satellite imagery to reveal the ravages of development, fire, insects, and clear-cut logging.

Studio Roosegaarde

What If Bikes Ate Smog?

No, not metaphorically. We’re talking about sending fleets of bicycles with air filtration equipment into the streets to remove nasty airborne particles.

Carlo Ratti Associati

In the Future, We Will Paint By Drone

Finally, swarms of spray-painting drones can create street art.

Street Makers/Ossip van Duivenbode

Funky Dutch Crosswalks Celebrate the Pedestrian

In Rotterdam, the streets have a message: “Walk Proud.”

Melody Cao/Mapbox

Amazing City Maps That Look Like They're Made of Wood

A San Francisco mapmaker’s work appears so real you can smell the varnish.

Robin Scheswohl/San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

The Sublime Cisterns of San Francisco

Subterranean vats were an emergency response to the city being repeatedly and savagely burned to the ground.

Anna Chen/The Source/L.A. Metro

Can L.A. De-Stink Its Metro?

The city is installing lavender-smelling deodorizers in train cars to address rider complaints.

David Brown Photography

Denver's Trees Just Turned Blue

The freaky forests are an artistic cry against global deforestation.

Springlab

This Magic Dutch Traffic Light Helps Bicyclists Avoid Stopping

The “Flo” system uses cute creatures to tell cyclists to speed up or slow down to catch a green light.

OpenSFHistory/WNP

The Ultimate Photo Map of the 1906 San Francisco Quake

See the disaster that transformed the city from a galaxy of perspectives.

Carlos Barria/Reuters

Mapping Amtrak Service, Before and After the Trump Budget

A visualization shows hundreds of cities that would lose long-distance trains under the president’s proposed budget.

Guadalupe Pardo/Reuters

The Anatomy of a Great Dog Park

Let one of America’s foremost designers of hound spaces lay out what works (and doesn’t).

Will Geary

Groove Out to 24 Hours of New York Transit With the 'Multimodal Symphony'

A chaotic animation portrays a full day of New York traffic, from buses to taxis to ferries to Amtrak.

WSDOT

Watch Seattle's Massive Tunnel Borer Finally Emerge From the Ground

This glorious, cinematic drone footage commemorates four long years of digging.

Kyodo/Reuters

Climate Change Might Worsen Nauseating Airplane Turbulence

Future fliers can expect more brushes with turbulence strong enough to hurl unbuckled people around the cabin, according to new research.

Austin Transportation Department

Austin's Traffic-Safety Signs Are Indeed Weird

“ROAD CONSTRUCTION AHEAD / PLEASE DRIVE WILLIE SLOW.”

Bill Morrow/Flickr

Portland Wants to Make Bike Share Work for Disabled Riders

The city is becoming one of a handful to shed the notion that people with disabilities don’t want to ride.

Friends of the Mighty-O Parklet

Is This America's Most Adorable Parklet?

A Seattle donut shop turned a real 1940s sailboat into public space.