These City Maps Are Made Out of Razor Blades and Mirror Shards

Damien Hirst loves to play provocateur. The artist makes mosaics with pharmaceuticals and sculptures with taxidermy. Now, for his latest series of paintings, he's depicting cities in conflict. But look closer: What seem like innocent, black-and-white satellite images are crafted out of sharp, dangerous objects. » 11/26/14 9:00am Yesterday 9:00am

1 Out of Every 9 Bridges in the US Is Structurally Deficient

There are about 630,000 bridges in the United States, ranging from impressive new structural creations like Margaret Hunt Hill bridge in Dallas to deteriorating slabs of concrete in desperate need repair. It's that last growing group of bridges, ports, and highways that represent the slowing decaying infrastructure… » 11/25/14 2:32pm Tuesday 2:32pm

Poop, Giant Snails, Men's Legs: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

Mapping human poo in San Francisco. Tracking stinky snails in Florida. And coming up with a way to tell men that if they could just learn to close their legs, please, the NYC subway would suck so much less for everyone. Be forewarned, it's kind of a gross edition of What's Ruining Our Cities. » 11/23/14 2:00pm Sunday 2:00pm

Why People Keep Trying to Erase the Hollywood Sign From Google Maps

The Hollywood Sign might be one of the most recognizable things on Earth. In Los Angeles, it's also one of the most visible. You can see it from a plane as you glide into LAX. You can see it from a car as you drive up the 101 freeway. But a group of people who live near the sign are trying to hide it, even as it looms… » 11/21/14 1:42pm 11/21/14 1:42pm

7 Crosswalk Signals You Won't Mind Waiting For

Anything that brings more attention to pedestrians is good for cities—it helps walkers feel protected, slows cars down, and makes everyone more aware of their surroundings. Around the world we're seeing quirky takes on walking signals that not only add a bit of whimsy to the street, they also help keep all citizens… » 11/20/14 9:20am 11/20/14 9:20am

6 Ways the World's Mega-Cities Could Deal With Explosive Growth

People are moving into cities at an astounding rate—so fast, not even the cities themselves will be able to keep up. A new show at the Museum of Modern Art opens this week to examine how that explosive growth will affect six cities globally: Hong Kong, Istanbul, Lagos, Mumbai, Rio de Janeiro, and New York City. » 11/19/14 9:20am 11/19/14 9:20am

Is It Really Possible To Trick Waze To Keep Traffic Off Your Street?

Anyone who has used Waze to navigate a soul-crushing commute in Los Angeles can see just how the community-driven navigation app works: On any given night, the app might direct hundreds of cars down an obscure street to avoid an accident or gridlock nearby. Now, residents of quiet neighborhoods are pissed at Waze, and… » 11/18/14 4:42pm 11/18/14 4:42pm

How New York City's Skyline Will Look in 2018

The supertall boom in New York City is happening. Although we've seen a few different visualizations of how this might look, here's a series of brand-new images that puts the changing skyline in perspective, with two dozen proposed or under-construction supertalls that will irrevocably change the New York City skyline… » 11/17/14 2:13pm 11/17/14 2:13pm

The World's First Glow-in-the-Dark Bike Path Glimmers a Ghostly Green

At 8PM last night, cyclists in the Dutch town of Nuenen were finally able to ride on a bike path that's been in the making for months. What took so long? This particular bike path represents the product of a collaboration between a designer and a construction company who want to build smarter, more efficient roads.… » 11/13/14 5:15pm 11/13/14 5:15pm

5 Apps That Help You Find Your City's Hidden Gems

Ask how a phone can help you discover a new place, and most of us think of the aimless Googling or Yelping we perform when desperately trying to find somewhere to eat. But I wanted to find apps that served like treasure maps, pointing me toward the hidden gems tucked away in a city—if only I knew which way to walk. » 11/13/14 1:21pm 11/13/14 1:21pm

An Eerie Portrait of Brooklyn's Former Industrial Wasteland

Gowanus is a Brooklyn neighborhood long known for its polluted canal and not-so-desirable industrial vibe. But like many once derelict areas, it is rapidly transforming into a landing place for restaurants and young professionals. The still untamed nature of the neighborhood has been artfully captured by Miska… » 11/11/14 1:22pm 11/11/14 1:22pm

A Tour of 'San Fransokyo,' the Hybrid City Disney Built for Big Hero 6

The new movie Big Hero 6 represents the first-ever partnership between Marvel and Disney, two entities known for constructing fantastical universes. So it's not surprising that bringing the story to film also required building an entire city of the future: a blend of Tokyo and San Francisco named San Fransokyo. » 11/10/14 12:35pm 11/10/14 12:35pm