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Who Thought 'Open Classrooms' Were a Good Idea?

The flexible, spacious school rooms of the 1960s and 70s often failed miserably. Why are some designers and educators trying to bring them back?

Courtesy of Marin County

When Planning For Sea-Level Rise Turns to Play

Marin County’s “Game of Floods” teaches citizens how to make tough decisions for the future.

Standards Manual, CGH

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.


This Magic Dutch Traffic Light Helps Bicyclists Avoid Stopping

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


The Invisible Network That Makes Cities Work

Despite fears of declining social capital and lack of faith in civic institutions, the “new trust economy” is thriving in urban areas.


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.

Oliver Clasper

Focusing on the Hidden Horror of American Lynchings

A British photojournalist is training his camera on the sites of the South’s ugliest open secret.

Lab Report

Lab Report: Betting on a Future With Less Parking

A morning roundup of the day’s news.

Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

Why People Are So Upset About Wall Street's 'Fearless Girl'

The sculpture is currently set to remain on display until 2018, but critics are calling for its immediate removal.

Ashish Malhotra

New Delhi's Modernist Icons Are Under Threat

“We are being ruled by people who are, let’s say, architecturally illiterate.”

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).


New York City's Wi-Fi Kiosks Now Include a 'Yelp for Social Services'

The move targets New Yorkers who stand to benefit most from the LinkNYC network in the first place.

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.

Jamie Ben Hamid/YouTube

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.

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Reimagining Retail Carts for Street Vendors

Radlab’s bright and compact new Modular Urban Vending carts in Boston put a new face on street vending.

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Can Prague Reclaim Its Most Famous Public Space?

Locals avoid Wenceslas Square whenever possible. But there’s a plan to change that.

Austin Transportation Department

Austin's Traffic-Safety Signs Are Indeed Weird



An Amazing Digital Archive of Amsterdam's Past

Historical videos inspired by “Game of Thrones,” photos of long-lost neighborhoods, and maps of the best old buildings still standing today. What more could you ask for?