Friday Eye Candy

A futuristic reimagining of a D.C. street with green pathways and open waterways instead of car-filled streets.

Friday Eye Candy: AI Envisions Solutions to the Challenges Facing Cities

Phoenix reimagined for shade. Los Angeles as a place where everybody walks. San Francisco with affordable housing. AI makes a vision of the future possible.

July 7, 2023 - Chris Steins via Medium

A futuristic version of New York City, with plants growing neatly on top of modern skycrapers.

Friday Eye Candy: 20 AI-Generated Cityscapes

AI-generated images are creating new landscapes and cityscapes, capable of inspiring awe or fear.

March 17, 2023 - Chris Steins via Medium

Coronavirus Social Distancing

Friday Eye Candy: Covid-19, Then and Now

The New York Times compared images from readers portraying similar scenes in 2020 and 2022.

January 6, 2023 - The New York Times

A performer holding numerous instruments plays for a crowd in the New York Subway.

Friday Eye Candy: The Theatricality of the Subway

A new book of photography amplifies what was already there.

September 17, 2021 - The Washington Post

Major League Baseball Stadium

Mothballed Rental Car Fleets Fill Stadium Parking Lots

A photo series showcases the disruptive effect the pandemic has had on the U.S. auto industry.

May 29, 2020 - Los Angeles Times

Social Distancing

Coronavirus Signs Say So Much

The signs of the times say much more than words can express.

April 10, 2020 - Slate

High Line

Friday Eye Candy: A Sorely-Needed Map of New York City Neighborhoods

Neighborhoods don't get the same official boundaries as cities, counties, states, and countries. So how do we know where one neighborhood ends and another begins?

February 28, 2020 - Gothamist


The Leaning Tower of Dallas Is Too Good for This World

A failed demolition has created a new, albeit temporary, landmark for Dallas.

February 21, 2020 - The Dallas Morning News

Friday Eye Candy: New York City, Minus the Cars and People

Johnny Simon shares the work of artist Marc Yankus, who created a series of images that remove people, cars, and animals from images of New York City.

November 22, 2019 - Quartzy

Swimming Hole

Friday Eye Candy: A Love Song for Swimming Holes

There's still technically some time left in the summer of 2019 to enjoy a dip, or a frolic, in a swimming hole.

September 13, 2019 - The New York Times

Metro Cable

On Public Transit, Some of the World’s Best Sightseeing

From Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Sydney, the best—and the cheapest—views are on ferries, buses, trains, and gondolas.

August 23, 2019 - The New York Times

Tokyo Subway Map

Friday Eye Candy: The World's Subway Systems, If You Could See Them From Above

Have you ever flown over a city and imagined all the subway lines running beneath the surface?

March 8, 2019 - Quid Corner


Friday Eye Candy: 195 Gigapixels of Urban Glory

An incredibly detailed bird's eye view of Shanghai.

January 25, 2019 - Dezeen

Imaginary Maps

Friday Funny: Imagining Taco Bell-Oriented Rail Transit

A Reddit user created a transit map of the San Francisco Bay Area that connects Taco Bell locations, which, unlike rail public transit, have reached every corner of the region.

January 4, 2019 - Reddit

Bus Stop Winter

Friday Eye Candy: A Cartoon Explains the State of U.S. Public Transit

The Nib unlocks the illustrative and narrative power of cartoons to explain the neglected state of public transit in the Unite States, and to make the case for effective and empowered transit planning.

December 14, 2018 - The Nib

Seattle, Washington

Friday Eye Candy: Painting to Memorialize Seattle's Alaskan Way Viaduct

Finding beauty, and questions, in the concrete.

December 7, 2018 - The Seattle Times

Osaka, Japan

Friday Eye Candy: Japanese Buildings That Combine 'Oddity and Innovation'

Touring Japan for strange but beautiful buildings.

November 30, 2018 - Architizer


Friday Eye Candy: Mapping Distance and Social Connectedness

The New York Times published an interactive map that shows how important distance is in determining connections on social media.

September 21, 2018 - The New York Times

San Francisco

Friday Eye Candy: The World's Most Beautiful Cities, Viewed From Above

A collection of drone footage of the world's most beautiful cities, for those of us ready for a deskcation.

September 14, 2018 - The Mercury News

Friday Dance Party: Street Ballet a Welcome Change in Congested Mexico City

Witness the "theatricality of public space."

August 3, 2018 - Mother Jones

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