Design

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How an Icon of Venezuelan Architecture Became a Prison

The Helicoide was going to be the world’s first drive-through mall. Now it is a prison that former inmates describe as hellish.

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Behold the Power of the Seriously Loud Bike Horn

“It makes me laugh every time,” says a Brooklyn cyclist who uses an assault-grade bike horn.

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How Renzo Piano Builds Cities

The 79-year-old architect discusses how openness in architecture makes for safer, happier places.

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'Guerrilla Bike Lanes' Prove a Reluctant City Wrong

Officials in Latvia’s capital keep saying there’s no room for dedicated lanes. Cycling activists just showed them how it’s done.

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Designing for More Effective Protests

A flash competition in New York City asks designers to come up with way to make protests stand out as they become more frequent.

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Britain's Forgotten Bike Highways

In the 1930s, the U.K. built a massive network of state-of-the-art bike trails. Now the challenge is to revive them.

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.

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Behind the Black Architectural Resistance

In the early 1970s, Sharon Sutton got an Ivy League education at Columbia University—spurred by insurgency—that helped her become a leading African-American architect today.

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Andrew Lynch

What a Geographically Accurate New York City Subway Map Looks Like

One cartographer has done the heavy lifting, and rail fans are pumped.

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A Recipe for Getting Armory Reuse Projects Right

Here’s how to reimagine these sprawling facilities as community hubs.

Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Undecorating Art Deco

A team of architects tried to understand the appeal of New York City’s most-loved buildings by recreating them for the 21st century.

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Ajuntament de Barcelona

Built-Out Barcelona Makes Space for an Urban Forest

The city is planning a major green makeover to combat the heat island and create a more welcoming place for humans and animals alike.

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In Putin's Moscow, an Urban Wilderness Emerges

Architects Liz Diller and Charles Renfro talk about their latest high-profile commission, a weather-bending (and politically charged) city park in the heart of the Russian capital.

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D.C.: Don't Give the Carnegie Library to Apple

The company plans to turn a Beaux Arts gem into a lavish gadget store. But there should be a better public use of such a cherished site.

David McNew/Reuters

The Mall Isn't Dead, It's Just Changing

Hong Kong figured out how to make shopping malls a sensible part of the urban fabric. Can this model go global?

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Craig Ruttle/AP

Where's the Boundary Between Public Art and Advertising?

Experts in both fields weigh in on how the Fearless Girl statue illustrates—and collapses—the distinctions.

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The World's First Floating Light Rail

Seattle built some of the longest highway bridges that float on water. Soon, one of them will carry a train system, too.

Carlo Ratti Associati

In the Future, We Will Paint By Drone

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

Stockholm Stad

Stockholm Is Coming for Oslo’s Car-Free Crown

Sweden’s capital city decides it’s time to correct postwar planning blunders—with a little friendly rivalry on the side.