Design

MapLab: The Watchdog of Gerrymandering

A biweekly tour of the ever-expanding cartographic landscape.

Are ‘Pee Beds’ a Fix for Public Urination?

In an effort to clean up popular sites of outdoor urination, researchers studied the mind of the man who pees in public. Their work could make stadiums and festival grounds smell a lot fresher in the future.

A drawing of a subway station from the front of the tracks

An Artist’s Serious Devotion to the Subway

In One Track Mind: Drawing the New York Subway, Philip Ashforth Coppola chronicles the mosaics, ceilings, staircases, and plaques of New York City’s subway stations.

The 17 architects and designers in the first cohort of Public Practice have been charged with boosting the influence of good planning on London.

London’s Big Push for Better Design

The city's Public Practice program is embedding experienced architects and planners around the area in an effort to speed housing construction and get more inclusive public spaces.

LOVE sculpture in a center city.

Who Owns LOVE?

Just days before Robert Indiana’s death, an offshore shell company filed a copyright suit against him over his beloved public artwork.

A detail from a 1942 British Mandate map of Haifa, now a city in Israel.

Mapping Palestine Before Israel

A new open-source project uses British historical maps to reveal what Palestine looked like before 1948.

The Malcolm X Murals of America

Thirty years ago, his likeness could be found in many poor, minority communities. Today, these images are disappearing as the buildings they were painted on have either collapsed or have been demolished.

This Estonian Town Just Made the Cannabis Leaf its New Logo

Kanepi, Estonia’s new symbol is pretty dope.

The Zany, Playful Brilliance of Will Alsop

You knew a building was his the second you set eyes on it and yet he still managed to surprise.

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama, which opened last month.

How to Mark an American Atrocity

At the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama, the pain and horror of racial violence assume physical form.

A Loving Glimpse of an Aging Concrete Utopia

A new documentary charts the recent history of Basildon, one of Britain’s first post-war new towns.

A 1970s abstract transit map made entirely of dots in four different colors

The D.C. Metro Almost Had a Very Cool Abstract Map

A series of modernist transit design gems were discovered last week inside Massimo and Lella Vignelli’s archives.

Boston Wants People To Build Tiny Houses In Their Yards

The city is showing off a prototype for “pop-up” affordable housing—and easing rules on accessory dwelling units.

A giant sculpture of a foot sits on a pedestal under banners and a lot of red umbrellas

The Tube Gets In Touch With Its Feminist Side

A new program sponsored by the London Underground will feature female artists in public transit spaces.

Britain Wants to Protect Its Postmodernist Architecture

Following an announcement by Historic England, 17 buildings, the youngest of which was designed in 1991, will be preserved. It’s not hard to see why the newly listed buildings caught conservationists’ eyes.

A set of multi-storied building with open balconies and lots of garden space below.

What the Future of Affordable Housing Already Looks Like

An exhibit on selected projects across Europe offers a few ideas for a U.S. audience.

Inside the Secret Cities That Created the Atomic Bomb

The Manhattan Project, the program that developed the first nuclear weapons during World War II, worked out of three purpose-built cities in Tennessee, New Mexico, and Washington state. A new exhibition considers their design and legacy.

MapLab: Nerds Shall Inherit the Earth

A biweekly tour of the ever-expanding cartographic landscape.

How to Kill a Bike Lane

In cities nationwide, efforts to redesign streets for bikes and pedestrians can face stiff resistance.

A colorful modern high school that occupies a former Kmart in Waukegan, Illinois

Blue Light Special: The Chicago-Area High School in an Old Kmart

In the suburb of Waukegan, Illinois, the design firm JGMA has turned an abandoned Kmart into a bright new home for Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep.

An empty underground metro station with platform walls and a large screen.

The Metro Stations of São Paulo That Read Your Face

As a Personal Data Protection Bill sits in Brazil’s congress, a privately operated transit line debuts a product that has privacy advocates worried.