These Videos Take You Inside The World's Spookiest Underground Cities

You don't have to bring your own flashlight to take a tour of the cities that humans have built underground. Just lean back and let these videos unlock all of their subterranean secrets. » 3/20/15 3:00pm 3/20/15 3:00pm

Stunning Timelapses Show The World's Largest Cities From The Air

The greatest cities on Earth are always in motion. Their bustling activity forms a great collective organism, whose shape changes over time. So there's a good reason why we're all fascinated by timelapses of cities — and there's nothing cooler than timelapses of aerial footage. See the world's biggest cities in a… » 3/19/15 3:05pm 3/19/15 3:05pm

A Rare Look Inside Canada's Notorious Maximum Security Prison, Kingston

Kingston Penitentiary closed its doors in September 2013, ending a legacy of 178 years of famously harsh treatment. "Canada's Alcatraz" has inspired lots of stories, but there are few pictures of what life was there. Except that photographer Geoffrey James had a privileged look on the inside. » 2/12/15 8:00pm 2/12/15 8:00pm

The Best Drone's-Eye-View Shots of The World's Most Wonderful Cities

The world's greatest cities look even more magical from the air — but until recently, only a few people got to have the nimble aerial viewpoint on cities that a drone gives us. Drones have reshaped aerial filming, and created a whole new way of looking at cities. Watch some stunning drone footage of the world's… » 2/12/15 3:00pm 2/12/15 3:00pm

Nearly Everyone In This Alaska Town Lives In A Single Building

The town of Whittier, Alaska, has roughly 200 residents, and nearly all of them live in a single building, a 14-story former Army barracks on the edge of town. It's a fascinating alternative to the village of tiny houses we might expect in a picturesque northern town. » 1/28/15 1:30pm 1/28/15 1:30pm

How Will Cities Change In The Dry, Dry Future?

Will cities in the future be re-designed to function "like sponges," to cope with droughts that will only become more severe thanks to climate change? » 1/23/15 3:20pm 1/23/15 3:20pm

We Wish These Retrofuturistic Versions Of American Cities Had Come True

In the first half of the 20th century, artists came up with gorgeous designs for New York City, Columbus, Houston, and other American cities, imagining them as havens of efficient transportation, dense urban living, and space age architecture. » 1/08/15 3:20pm 1/08/15 3:20pm

America's Biggest Cities, Back When They Were Tiny Villages

Everything had to start somewhere — and the biggest cities in the United States are no exception. New York City, Chicago, Houston and other huge metropolises were once beautiful, charming villages. Check out the earliest known maps and images of the quaint little towns that became massive conurbations. » 12/24/14 3:00pm 12/24/14 3:00pm

A Tube Map To Assist Time Travelers In Medieval London

The official Transport For London website offers multiple variations of the iconic Tube map to assist virtually any traveler. The bicyclist map, the step-free map, the avoiding stairs map, and the all-important toilet map. Now, finally, there's a Tube map for anyone commuting during the Middle Ages. » 12/17/14 3:40pm 12/17/14 3:40pm

The Wonderful Geometry Of Budapest's Spiral Staircases

There's just something magical and mysterious about a staircase that goes around and around, letting you glimpse all the levels above or below. Whether they're perfectly round or other shapes, spiral staircases are beautiful. And Budapest is full of Modernist architecture that includes some stairways to wonder. Here… » 12/08/14 3:00pm 12/08/14 3:00pm

12 Ways Airports Are Actually Getting Better

Airports are coming full circle. Back in the golden age of air travel, flying was a luxurious experience. And then, after 9/11, the industry sank to its lowest. Tightened security and the rising cost of fuel made air travel almost excruciating. But it's getting better, especially at airports. » 11/28/14 11:40am 11/28/14 11:40am

Here's The Easiest Way To Move Furniture Into A 12th Floor Apartment

To Truly Appreciate Modern Planned Cities, View Them From Above

While some of our modern cities are built over haphazard cowpaths, others are marvels of urban planning, with carefully plotted grids and streets radiating from the center. And we can see just how remarkable these cities are when we look down at them from above. » 9/10/14 3:30pm 9/10/14 3:30pm

What Happens When A Japanese Architect Designs A Balkan City?

Fifty years ago, Skopje, the capital of Macedonia, was hit by a huge earthquake that flattened the city. Two years later, Japanese architect Kenzo Tange won a competition to design the new city center. And his influence on the city's retrofuturistic look is still apparent decades later.http://io9.com/brutalist-buil... » 9/05/14 3:00pm 9/05/14 3:00pm

Photos from the Days When Thousands of Cables Crowded the Skies

Before most cables ran underground, all electrical, telephone and telegraph wires were suspended from high poles, creating strange and crowded streetscapes. Here are some typical views of late-19th century Boston, New York, Stockholm, and other wire-filled cities. » 9/03/14 2:33pm 9/03/14 2:33pm

The Mysterious Molecular Structures Found in City Layouts

Did you know that, from the air, the arrangement and structure of Boston's buildings, and the positioning of those buildings relative to one another, looks a lot like the molecular structure of an "amorphous liquid"? Seattle and L.A. do, too. Chicago, with its rigid grid system, apparently looks like glass. » 7/25/14 4:30pm 7/25/14 4:30pm

Urban Innovations That Could Turn Your City Into A Bicycling Paradise

Bicycles may be part of the future of transit, and designers and city planners are constantly looking for ways to make cycling safer and more appealing to commuters. Here are a few innovations—beyond bike paths—that could make cities better for bikes. » 7/07/14 3:20pm 7/07/14 3:20pm

Scenes From The World's Northernmost Big City—A Polluted Hell On Earth

Located in Siberia, Norilsk is the world's northernmost city with a population of more than 100,000, and it's not just one of the coldest cities of the world—it's also one of the filthiest. Nickel ore smelting has transformed the landscape into one of the ten most polluted places on Earth. » 6/24/14 3:00pm 6/24/14 3:00pm

This Box Transforms A 200-Square-Foot Room Into A Comfortable Apartment

Could you live in a 200-square-foot apartment? What if it came equipped with a device that could turn a single room into a bedroom, living room, dining room, or kitchen with just a wave of your hand? » 5/27/14 2:47pm 5/27/14 2:47pm

Turkmenistan's Astonishing Attempt To Build A City Of The Future

Turkmenistan was once an important stop on the Silk Road, and the country still has 2,000 years of architectural masterpieces. But since the fall of the Soviet Union, Turkmenistan's capital city Ashgabat has become a futuristic wonderland, with free internet and some astonishing architecture. » 5/15/14 3:32pm 5/15/14 3:32pm