Mark Byrnes

Mark Byrnes is a senior associate editor at CityLab who writes about design and architecture.

The EPA's 40-Year-Old Design Manual Is Being Reissued

New audiences can relive Chermayeff and Geismar’s visual standards made for the agency in 1977.

Why the Jane Jacobs vs. Robert Moses Battle Still Matters

A Q&A with Matt Tyrnauer, director of Citizen Jane: Battle For The City.

Let's Watch Spanish Pop Singers Serenade Everyone at Expo '70

“Osaka Show” shows off the surprisingly progressive (and fun) side of state television under Francisco Franco.

The World's Most Elegant Public Transit Campaign

The Toronto Transit Commission and the National Ballet of Canada have the antidote to the depressing “If You See Something, Say Something.”

Dallas, According to an '80s Rock Band From France

[Extremely French voice] “Dallas.”

Seeing the Light With Jean Nouvel

A short documentary on the 2008 Pritzker Prize winner doesn’t show his eccentric creative process—just the fruits of it.

Nelson Rockefeller's Big Ideas

University campuses, affordable housing, and absurdly grand state building complexes define the liberal legacy of the former New York Republican.

Don't Forget About Ed Logue

Lurking in the background of today’s Jane Jacobs vs. Robert Moses stories is a man who had a little bit of both in his soul.

The Disappearing Mass Housing of the Soviet Union

The grim prefab Khrushchyovka helped solve the USSR’s housing crisis after World War II. Now, Moscow plans to demolish 8,000 of them, displacing more than 1.5 million people. Should any be preserved for posterity?

An Animated Soviet Guide to Building Block Housing

A cartoon from a romcom uses humor to criticize formulaic apartment construction under Brezhnev.

The Hague's City Hall Has Been Mondrian'd

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the De Stijl movement, Richard Meier’s only project in the Netherlands is getting an extremely Dutch treatment.

The Cartoon Animals Teaching Etiquette to Seattle Straphangers

SoundTransit’s campaign uses disarming creatures to help riders in the famously passive-aggressive city learn how to coexist.

Why Marcel Breuer Was 2016's Unlikeliest Starchitect

The author of a new book on the Brutalist architect explains why his buildings are both admired and imperiled today.

Humans of the Third Avenue El

A short film looks at the personal side of the much-maligned service, the same year it shut down for good.

Visualizing a Full Day on the New York City Subway

Except as something really fast and elegant.

Ma Yansong's Urbanism

“What we’ve learned about modern cities in China was always from the West. But after 30 years of this practice, we see problems and new ideas emerging.”

A Subway Station Pays Respect to Toronto's Favorite Discount Store

The signage at Bathurst station is getting the Honest Ed’s treatment for the rest of 2016.

A Book for Everything You Want to Know About the Moscow Metro

Hidden Urbanism is a thorough exploration of the 80-year-old transit system and its future.

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.

The Weird and Wonderful Library That Nearly Ruined its Architect

A central library in Niagara Falls, New York, survived a decade of water damage and related legal battles. But Paul Rudolph’s career was never the same.