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The Best Plan Yet to Save Houston's Astrodome

Let's turn the "world's biggest room" into an indoor park, with trees, flowering plants, and an aquaponics research lab.

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Photo ID Cards Won't Stop Food Stamp Fraud

A new report finds that photo IDs cost more to implement than they save preventing fraud. And they make the program harder for beneficiaries to use.

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Tokyo's New 'Floating Flower Garden' Is a Beautiful Thing—Which Is Exactly the Problem

The public loves ethereal immersive installations, even if art critics don't.

An Olympic stadium proposed for Boston.

Will a U.S. City Ever Host Another Olympics?

The group planning Boston's bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games now wants to put the idea to a vote. But residents still don't want the mega-event.

A Wildflower Pyramid Grows in Queens

New York artist Agnes Denes' new work will combine the best of Egyptian architecture and public art.

Doomsday Architecture Is More Relevant Now Than Ever

The 1970s saw a fascination with building utopias that could endure extreme climates. Thanks to global climate change, we need exactly that type of design thinking today.

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On the Road Again: Mapping All the Cities in Willie Nelson's Songs

He thought Nashville was the roughest, but Willie plays all sorts of songs about place.

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At SXSW, Tech Entrepreneurs Raze a Piñata Shop, Put Up a Parking Lot

Austin has a history of systemic segregation problems, even when there's no festival in town.

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Starbucks Already Weighed In on the Race Conversation—With Jobs

#RaceTogether is ridiculous. The company should let its record of giving meaningful opportunities to minorities stand alone.

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How London's Latest Fancy Bridge Contest Got Punked

A rejected design by Dutch firm OMA was never a serious proposal—it was a protest.

Cao Fei

This Hong Kong Skyscraper Became a Giant Atari

Sounds fun, but do we really want tourism-spectacle work from world-class artists?

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Why Did This San Francisco Woman Get Stuck With a $6,755 Monthly Rent Hike?

Landlords are exploiting a loophole in a law meant to protect renters.

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Remembering Michael Graves for More Than the Portland Building

While the Portland Building may be his best known accomplishment, the architect should be remembered for his contributions to humanitarian design.

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Here's What's Really Ruining Austin (and It's Not SXSW)

It's not the tourists; it's the locals. There are just too many now—and no plan for handling them all.

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Springfield, Illinois, Has Given the Keys to the City to Cobra Commander

The leader of the nefarious "terrorist organization" now holds a U.S. capital city in his leather-begloved hands. Here's what you need to know.

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This Award-Winning Micro-Housing Design Is Inspired by Bubble Tea

A new building of ultra-tiny apartments in Seoul will enforce neighborliness as residents navigate shared spaces "like the ambiguous gel around a tapioca pearl."

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The Inglorious History of Los Angeles Football

Right now, L.A. is the most important football city on the map. But that's been true for a long time.

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Orlando Prepares for a 'Skyscraper' That Will Dominate Its Skyline

With plans for the world's tallest roller coaster, Orlando is winning the global race to build soaring structures that aren't buildings.

Now More Than Ever, London Needs a 'Death Pyramid'

Why the city should revive a 19th-century plan for an uptown necropolis, population 5 million.