Uber Dumbo

‘Instagrammed to Death’ or a Return to Pre-Pandemic Normal?

Familiar controversies might seem reassuring in 2022.

August 21, 2022 - The New York Times

No Pictures

Life on the 'Nation's Most Photographed Street'

Acorn Street in Boston has been described as the nation's most photographed street, and now residents who live on the private way are pushing for controls on the number of people visiting the narrow, cobblestone street.

October 20, 2019 - The Boston Globe

Kind on the subway

Friday Eye Candy: Meet the 'Subway Creatures' of Instagram

This one is for the people watchers.

May 25, 2018 - NorthJersey

Los Angeles Sunset

Rise of the Instagram City

Cities have become obsessed with going viral.

January 3, 2018 - CityLab


Fixation On City Skylines Detracts From City Streets

City life happens at street level. But some of our most iconic images of cities are focused hundreds, or even thousands, of feet in the air. Our streetscapes are the worse off for it.

May 31, 2017 - Common Edge

Using Instagram to Create a Blight Inventory

The Innovation Team in Mobile shows that sometimes innovation can be delivered through commonplace technology.

December 6, 2015 - Governing

Selfie in action

What Makes a Streetscape Appeal to Pedestrians?

Researchers who studied the appeal of New York City streetscapes find an additionally significant factor on the streets of Salt Lake City: the photo op.

August 12, 2015 - CityLab

Using Social Media to Celebrate Historic Buildings

For almost as long as social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram have been in existence, users have had a morbid fascination with examples of derelict and destroyed architecture. Social media, however, can be more celebratory of the past.

November 20, 2014 - The New Yorker

Friday Eye Candy: Everyday Everywhere

#Everydayeverywhere is an Instagram hashtag connecting ordinary photographs from all over the world, which Nicole Crowder covered recently for the Washington Post's photography blog, In Sight.

October 17, 2014 - The Washington Post

Friday Eye Candy: Social Media and the Beauty of Transit

Jenni Avins shares a collection of videos created on Instagram's new Hyperlapse app that capture the beauty of transportation from every corner of the world.

September 5, 2014 - CityLab

Los Angeles Sunset

Top Urban Instagram Feeds

Marta Bausells and the readers of Guardian Cities collaborated to create a list of top Instagram photographers from around the world.

April 4, 2014 - Guardian Cities

Raising the Level of the Social Media Design Conversation

Architecture Critic Alexandra Lange, in her first op-ed for Dezeen, calls on architects to make better use of social media than just as a tool for shameless self-promotion.

January 9, 2014 - Dezeen

The Top Architecture Instagrammers

Looking for some design inspiration? The editors of ArchDaily have put together a list if the 25 top feeds to follow on Instagram.

July 5, 2013 - ArchDaily

Using Instagram as a Planning Tool

Los Angeles County Planner Clement Lau describes how Instagram, the increasingly popular photo-sharing social media app., has become a valuable addition to his quiver of planning tools.

February 13, 2013 -

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