Videos

Turning a Dull Park Into a Place People Actually Enjoy

By adding some color and nature to a concrete plaza, designers in Australia transformed an intimidating place into a welcoming one.

An Animated Soviet Guide to Building Block Housing

A cartoon from a romcom uses humor to criticize formulaic apartment construction under Brezhnev.

Cabrini Green and Chicago's Public Housing Disaster

A documentary filmed over the course of 20 years tells the story of a disenfranchised community pushed out of their homes.

The Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise of Inner Mongolia

Zhao Liang’s latest film, Behemoth, provides a ring-side seat to the effects of rapid development, commerce, and pollution in this autonomous region of China.

Phnom Penh's Canal of Unpleasant Fragrances

As the Cambodian capital’s least-majestic waterway, the infamous “Shit Canal” is descended from greater architectural marvels intended to re-engineer the landscape.

The Hague's City Hall Has Been Mondrian'd

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the De Stijl movement, Richard Meier’s only project in the Netherlands is getting an extremely Dutch treatment.

Here's How Godawful NYC Bike Lanes Used to Be

A 2002 public access show offers shows just how far the city has come.

The Right to Public Protest Is Still Divided

To achieve its goals, any mass movement needs to recognize the disparate ways in which different people are treated in the same public space.

A Growing Seattle Goes All In on Transit

Voters agreed to fund expansions and improvements for local bus and light rail systems. A short film shows how that choice is shaping the city’s future.

London Assures the World It's Open and Diverse

Since the Brexit vote, an ad campaign has been reaffirming the British capital’s character as a multi-ethnic hub.

Humans of the Third Avenue El

A short film looks at the personal side of the much-maligned service, the same year it shut down for good.

A Sculptor Grapples With Robert Moses' Brutal Urbanism

New York’s controversial “master planner” haunts artist Lena Henke’s intimate ceramics and maps.

How Vancouver Became North America's Car-Free Capital

The city hit a 50 percent “active transit” target, 5 years ahead of schedule. A short film shows how they did it.

Japan Fixed a Massive Sinkhole in Just One Week

A mesmerizing time lapse shows how, in a matter of days, the city of Fukuoka filled a nearly 100-foot-wide hole at a busy intersection.

Street Artists Spruce Up Subway Trains With Flower Boxes

Credit the graffiti crew TOY for applying their green thumb to this Berlin train.

A Subway Station Pays Respect to Toronto's Favorite Discount Store

The signage at Bathurst station is getting the Honest Ed’s treatment for the rest of 2016.

Why Are European Cities So Dense?

It’s not just because they’re old.

The Public Librarians Who Serve as Human Google

The New York Public Library’s reference service still handles 30,000 calls a year.

The Colorado Towns That Turned Up the Stars

It wasn’t easy to banish streetlights and signs. “Frontier people don’t like being told what to do.”

Why GE Moved to Boston, According to Its CEO

“You’re in the middle of an ecosystem that quite honestly for a big company, it makes you afraid.”