Design

Even the Dead Could Not Stay

An illustrated history of urban renewal in Roanoke, Virginia.

MapLab: Cartography Is Contagious

A biweekly tour of the ever-expanding cartographic landscape.

A small accessory dwelling unit—known as an ADU—is attached to an older single-family home in a Portland, Oregon, neighborhood.

The Granny Flats Are Coming

A new book argues that the U.S. is about to see more accessory dwelling units and guides homeowners on how to design and build them.

1970s apartment complex in downtown Buffalo

The Last Man Standing in a Doomed Buffalo Housing Complex

After a long fight between tenants and management, John Schmidt is waiting for U.S. Marshals to drag him out of Shoreline apartments, a Brutalist project designed by Paul Rudolph.

The MLK Murals of America

Portraits of the slain civil rights leader captured over time give us a view of history from neighborhoods that often go unrecorded.

Black Urban Design in a 'Changing America'

"The city is the black man's land," reads one capsule in an exhibition at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Its curator explains why design is a critical part of the post-1968 urban and suburban landscape—and the museum itself.

Two different Eiffel Towers rise above manicured lawns. The one on the left is an image from Tianducheng, a city in China, and the one on the right is an image from Paris.

Which One Is Paris?

Francois Prost’s new photo series looks at Tianducheng, a town built to look exactly like the City of Lights.

An aerial view shows buildings clustered around a wadi, or dry stream bed that fills with water after it rains.

Can Oman Build a Better Planned City?

In a region of crazily ambitious megacities, this Persian Gulf urban project may be more viable.

How Baltimore's Water Cleanup Infrastructure Became a Public Sensation

Baltimore addressed its trash problem in its Inner Harbor with a floating water wheel. But it got public buy-in by giving it a personality.

These Sneakers Are Your Free Transit Pass

A new BVG-Adidas collaboration means unlimited travel along Berlin’s public transit network for the rest of 2018. That is if you can find a pair.

The Rise of the Prefab Prison

Repurposed shipping containers and semi-trailers are finding a new life—as jails.

When a Tech Giant Plays Waterfront Developer

A "smart city" in Toronto might be a smart real-estate play for Sidewalk Labs. And for the public?

How Baltimore Students Got Left in the Cold

The heating crisis that closed the city’s public schools isn’t just about a lack of resources.

A rendering of Melbourne's future Apple Store, which will be built in the city's Federation Square.

The Problem With Australia's Next Apple Store

The company’s latest flagship will displace an Aboriginal cultural center in Melbourne.

A rendering of Moynihan Station at New York's Penn Station

Why a New Train Hall Won't Fix Penn Station

The $1.6-billion Moynihan Station will be a bright, spacious improvement on Penn Station’s depressing environs—but it will leave many problems unsolved.

Long Before Levittown, Brooklyn Boasted Mass-Produced Housing

The small community of Gerritsen Beach was a pioneering cookie-cutter suburb in the 1920s.

What Might Hold Houston Back

The post-Harvey city needs to get denser and more urban.

13 Maps That Explain 2017

The year's biggest stories in maps—and a few of the best maps, in stories.

An illustration of a person taking a selfie for Instagram.

Your Entire City Is an Instagram Playground Now

CityLab’s guide to the #GrammableCity.

The NBA's City Jerseys Are So Fantastic

Professional basketball is pitching fans on place with its latest special-edition, locals-only jerseys.