Tiny Explores One Man's Quest to Live In a Shoebox

Most of us are forced to live small: In small apartments in small buildings with small windows and small closets and cat piss-scented roommates on meth. Others willingly choose to live out their days in homes no larger than a parking space, and now you can watch a movie about their electively cramped style. » 7/11/14 8:00pm Yesterday 8:00pm

Why Smooth Surfaces Make Your City Sizzle in Summer

It's not just you, city-dwellers. Urban areas actually do get noticeably hotter than the rural areas around them, and that's especially problematic in summertime. Why does that happen? Well, a new study says it all has to do with the aerodynamic shape of your city. In other words, the smoother your skyline, the… » 7/10/14 12:40pm Thursday 12:40pm

How Hot Your City Could Be By 2100 If Climate Change Goes Unchecked

It's a sorry truth that hits you mid-July: Average summer temperatures have been rising since the 1970s. If we continue down this path, according to a new study by Climate Central, in 2100, summers in Boston will feel more like sticky Miami—and summers in Miami will feel like toasty Harlingen, Texas. » 7/09/14 6:00pm Wednesday 6:00pm

A Museum Inspired By Oozing Oil Will Cross Over L.A.'s Busiest Street

Last month, Swiss architect Peter Zumthor revised the design for a new building on L.A.'s Los Angeles County Museum of Art campus after scientists claimed his proposal would damage the adjacent La Brea Tar Pits. Now he's revealed the first model of the new design: an ink blot that spans Wilshire Boulevard. » 7/08/14 7:20pm Tuesday 7:20pm

Gas Prices, Hurricanes, Bike Porn: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

A hurricane is poised to ruin the Atlantic Seaboard's barbecues this weekend. Gas prices might ruin the rest of the country's road trips. And over in Madrid, some, ahem, questionable images are ruining the city's brand-new bike share kiosks. It's What's Ruining Our Cities. Happy Independence Day. » 7/04/14 3:00pm 7/04/14 3:00pm

The Best Fireworks in NYC Might Be This Beloved Illegal Display

Sure, there will be big, corporate-sponsored firework displays tonight in New York City, but the most entertaining show might be found in a neighborhood on the far northwestern tip of Manhattan. A documentary has been made to capture this dramatic display that pits block against block in the ultimate pyrotechnic… » 7/04/14 12:00pm 7/04/14 12:00pm

Watch How American Cities Grew Through Thousands of Historic Maps

Good thing it's almost the holiday weekend and you don't need to be productive because the USGS just launched a heck of a time-wasting website. Now you can explore cities through beautiful old maps, some dating all the way back to 1884. But here's the best part: You can mix and match many maps to tell your own… » 7/02/14 6:00pm 7/02/14 6:00pm

A Gas Station Frank Lloyd Wright Designed 87 Years Ago Is Now Finished

In 1927, acclaimed architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed a gas station for Buffalo, New York, envisioning a gleaming center of commerce and social interaction for the bustling industrial city. Almost 90 years later, the structure has finally been completed—in the lobby of an automobile museum. » 7/02/14 1:00pm 7/02/14 1:00pm

Pinball, Swords, Bad Air: What's Not Ruining Our Cities This Week

Long-suffering pinball fans can finally play free in Oakland. Swords are being returned to their rightful owners in New York City. And America is breathing better air than we have in a decade. Sometimes we like to look at the brighter side of urban life. It's our peek at What's Not Ruining Our Cities Anymore. » 6/28/14 1:00pm 6/28/14 1:00pm

10 Hidden Details in Your City and What They Mean

There was plenty of outrage earlier this month when a London storefront revealed sidewalk spikes meant to keep the homeless from getting too cozy. While these shiny prickles did seem especially Temple of Doom-ish, they weren't all that unusual: There are plenty of little details designed into our cities that tell us… » 6/25/14 9:00am 6/25/14 9:00am