Ever noticed how the bricks on newer British buildings are bigger, or stopped to appreciate hand-stenciled wallpaper, or enjoyed a sip from a fancy hollow-stemmed glass?
Camp Widjiwagan counselors have been known to tell young campers (including this author) certain tall tales as they ventured up through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in Northern Minnesota.
In the summer of 1902, the Sackett and Wilhelms Lithography & Printing Company in Brooklyn, New York had a problem.
There are tons of talented street-marking professionals in this world, able to work freehand or with limited tools or operate purpose-built painting machines.
Last holiday season, we started a tradition of collecting new short pieces by 99% Invisible producers into “mini-story” episodes.
Developed in the 1970s, the comic character Judge Dredd was originally set to occupy a dark futuristic version of New York City.
Philadelphia has been the backdrop for many key moments in American history and is thus home to a lot of monuments and markers.
At the end of last year, we started a tradition of collecting new short pieces by 99% Invisible producers into “mini-story” episodes.
In the trailer for Ready Player One, a science-fiction film set in a packed dystopia, we zoom in on our protagonist living in a dilapidated landscape of stacked “mobile homes” known aptly as “the Stacks.” The Stacks symbolize anything but mobility, either physical or economic — if anything, they ironically represent tragic levels of immobility.
Nestled into the steep slope of a mountain, this remarkable thousand-year-old village in northern Iran has evolved an unusual approach to open space: its rooftops double as public lanes and gathering places.
This fall, SCI-Arc Graduate Program Chair Elena Manferdini is working with her students on the topic of facades.
At some point in your life you’ve probably encountered a problem in the built world where the fix was obvious to you.
The P-38‘s creator probably never imagined that the little can opener he devised during World War II would go on to become one of the 20th century’s most useful and portable multi-tools.
In cold winter months, urban activists and designers have been known to observe where people walk or drive, then use that information to redraw streets and sidewalks.
In the past fifty years, the car crash death rate has dropped by nearly 80 percent in the United States.
“Autonomy will change cities as much as cars did,” says Silicon Valley venture capitalist Benedict Evans.
All over London, upcycled stretchers from World War II can be found on public display — not as monuments or memorials, but as everyday elements of urban infrastructure.
From in utero to the studio, Clive Desmond covers the golden age of radio ads, featuring Frank Zappa, Ken Nordine, Linda Ronstadt, and Randy Newman in this featured episode.
Designed by Italian firm Stefano Boeri Architetti, the ‘White Forest’ boasts a facade covered in 2,000 plants.
It seems counterintuitive, but there’s evidence that getting rid of signals, signs and barriers might actually make streets a lot safer.