Imaginative Maps of Life in Lockdown

CityLab asked its currently locked-down readers to map out their lives at home. Editors received 150+ intimate illustrations of apartment floor plans, neighborhood gems, routes for “sanity walks,” and even the sounds that surround us. While the results don’t reveal too much about architectural successes or design theories, they are an endearing and intimate look into the spaces we exist within. Through these maps—perhaps the …

Documenting Strip Clubs Throughout the American South

French photographer François Prost’s Gentlemen’s Club collection archives the sun-soaked facades of strip clubs across the southern US—everywhere from the beaches of Florida to downtown Houston. Through 193 photos, Prost surveys the design of these buildings, with their “generic signifiers of sex and sensual pleasure,” focusing on parts of the country that have “conservative and puritan reputations.” The exteriors are brightly colored, eerily similar from city …

A Visual History of Public Libraries

In a scrolling, hand-drawn and collaged article by CityLab’s Ariel Aberg-Riger, America’s beloved public library system is indexed from its origin as a “social” amenity for the wealthy and white to now. Currently, public libraries are battling a major federal funding cut under the administration. The public library system is designed to service all and it needs the support of local funding to do so. Because …