Barcelona

The Potential Perils of Rapid-Fire Urbanization

Former Barcelona mayor Joan Clos warns that a lack of urban planning could turn our expanding cities into powder kegs.

The World's Top 20 Cycling Cities

No American cities made the annual ranking, put together by Copenhagenize Design Co.

What We Can Learn About Walkability From Looking at Pictures

Images of Seattle and Barcelona offer fresh insight into the way pedestrians interact with the built environment.

Why Cruises Start and Stop Where They Do

What it takes to become a port city of a major cruise line.

La Pedrera Becomes a Building-Sized Canvas

Gaudi's famous architectural wonder celebrates its 100th birthday in style.

6 Ideas Every City Should Steal From Barcelona

Lessons from one of the world models for vibrant urban living.

If Grannies Did Graffiti, It Might Look Like This Yarn Tagging

A shadowy Madrid artist is methodically wrapping European cities in chaotic fabric webs.

Belgrade Cancels Its Gay Pride Parade, Again: This Week in Bans

Also, Britain bans curves from school architecture and two chaps get exiled from an all-you-can-eat Mongolian restaurant.

The Architectural Legacy of Spain's Building Boom

In the first decade of the 21st century, Spain was defined by bold building. But the recession has brought the country's architectural ambitious to a halt.

How Spanish Urbanism Lost its Leading Edge

The country has long been a model for flashy, absurd infrastructure, but austerity is finally slowing it down.

Barcelona's Famed Cathedral Finally Gets the Color It Wanted

Special-effects wizards used Antoni Gaudì's sketches to psychedelically animate the La Sagrada Familia.

Time Is Currency in Spain's Cities

With plenty of time, and no Euros, some Spaniards are putting hours in the bank.

The World's Leading Cities for Fashion

The places with a disproportionate impact on what gets made, admired, and sold.

Are Our Transit Maps Tricking Us?

Subway maps distort the reality on the ground for all kinds of reasons. What happens when we make decisions based on them?

ESPN's #1 Show in Latin America Is About Cities

For a show ostensibly about soccer, Capitales del Fútbol is extremely low on sports highlights.

Data-Mining a City's Visual Identity

Researchers train an algorithm to tell us why Paris looks like Paris.

Writing the Rules for Smart Cities

There still isn’t a common language or science of cities for the 21st century, but that could change.

Does Neighborhood Rebranding Work?

Three international case studies illustrate the challenges of re-naming a place.

In Barcelona, a 69-Foot Vertical Park

The balconies in the apartment have planters, built-in benches, and even fountains.