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Sasha Trubetskoy

A Fantasy Subway Map of Ancient Roman Roads

If the Roman Empire had managed build a continents-spanning transit system for its empire, it might have looked like this.

Courtesy of Snøhetta

Oregon's Niagara Falls, Revealed

Hidden behind the industry on its banks, Willamette Falls has long been out of reach. A $25 million river walk will soon change that.

Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

London and the Mainstreaming of Vehicular Terrorism

Is there a way to prevent it?

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Apple

Counterpoint: D.C.'s Carnegie Library Is a Fine Place for an Apple Store

We should liberalize our notion of what constitutes an acceptable reuse strategy for grand-dame civic buildings.

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Bob Child/AP

EPA: Don't Make New Brownfields

It doesn’t make sense to keep funding toxic cleanup efforts while simultaneously loosening regulations.

Kathy Willens/AP

This Month in Urbanism: June 2017

A roundup of city-focused events around the world. This month: sustainable transport, architectural film, a gathering of mayors, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th.

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Installation view “City of Queen Anne’s Lace” at ...

Two Cuban-Born Artists Depict Detroit's Resurgence

In a new exhibition, Alejandro Campins and José Yaque capture the energy of the city’s past while exploring its future.

Courtesy of Katherine Flanigan

Detroit Imagines a Citizen-Led Smart City

Instead of deploying urban sensors as instruments of surveillance for technocrats, what if vulnerable communities controlled the gear—and the data?

AP

The Enduring Power of Zaha Hadid

For better and for worse, Hadid was the world’s first female starchitect.

David Goldman/AP

The Atlanta BeltLine Has a Long Way to Go

Author Mark Pendergrast on why a 22-mile path around the famously sprawling city could be a game changer.

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Victoria & Albert Museum

Beneath a Bustling University Campus, a Big Cable Is Listening

To spark conversation on ever-more connected cities, designers have visualized the acoustic artifacts of Stanford’s fiber-optic wires.

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Courtesy of Historical Society of Washington, DC.

The Man Who Mapped D.C. By Hand

Statistician John P. Wymer set out to document every inch of the city in 1948. Now a young historian is trying to get his work online.

Nelson Garrido/Project Helicoide

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.

Eugene D/YouTube

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.

Van Alen Institue

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.

Courtesy of Carlton Reid

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.