Could These Futuristic Buildings Really Change Human Behavior?

When we imagine enormous cities of the future, we don't always think about how they might change our behavior in urban areas. But these architectural proposals don't just look gorgeously futuristic — they're designed to be social and environmental experiments. » 3/27/14 8:00am 3/27/14 8:00am

Explore More Than 3,000 Miles of Tunnels Beneath Montreal

Andrew Emond, a Montreal-based photographer, amateur geographer, and DIY gonzo spelunker of the city's sewers and lost rivers, has just re-launched his excellent website, Under Montreal. The revamped site now comes complete with a fascinating, interactive map of the city's subterranean streams, documenting Montreal's… » 3/04/14 11:31pm 3/04/14 11:31pm

The Most Dangerous Modern Ruins for Thrillseekers and Urban Explorers

You see the hauntingly beautiful pictures of the fallen grandeur of abandoned buildings, and you think, "I want to see those for myself." But watch out. Some of the world's most fascinating modern ruins are also the most hazardous. Here are some abandoned sites that you could risk life and limb to visit. » 1/31/14 3:00pm 1/31/14 3:00pm

The Landscapes Of Suburbia Are The Real Science Fiction

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Science fiction is often charged with naïve technological optimism and historical amnesia. But for present-day Californians struggling with a wide range of environmental and social problems, science fiction might just provide the perspective we need to successfully pivot from the boom times of the twentieth century to… » 1/30/14 5:03pm 1/30/14 5:03pm

Here's how city life is actually affecting your health

There is a truism, often bolstered by pseudoscience, that people in the country are healthier than people in the city. Certainly there are many health problems associated with the metropolis. But it turns out that urbanites are often in better shape and live longer than their rural counterparts. » 1/22/14 1:54pm 1/22/14 1:54pm

How Corpses Helped Shape the London Underground

As Mexico City archaeologists sort through the surreal array of Aztec sacrificial skulls recently uncovered while excavating their city's subway system, it's worth remembering that parts of the London Underground were also tunneled, blasted, picked, and drilled through a labyrinth of plague pits and cemeteries. » 1/02/14 7:19pm 1/02/14 7:19pm

9 Extraordinary Underground Cities

Humans like to build cities that reach for the sky, but sometimes they also build downward. Whether for protection, or just because they can, we've created many cities beneath the Earth's crust - or dug deep into the rocky faces of mountains. Here are nine of the most awesome. » 1/01/14 11:31am 1/01/14 11:31am

What are cities doing to humanity?

Humans have been living in cities for thousands of years, and now the majority of humans on the planet live in urban areas. Are you curious about how cities have changed us, or how they might affect the future course of our evolution? » 11/12/13 2:35pm 11/12/13 2:35pm