Michael Silverberg

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The Long-Lost Design Bible of the NYC Subway Is (Briefly) Back in Print

It essentially created the face of the subway as we know it today.

AP Photo/Richard Drew

The Spooky, Bleached-Out American Flags on the Brooklyn Bridge Turn Out to Be Art

A Berlin-based art-action duo has been identified as the source of recently placed flags that incited security concerns and fear among New Yorkers. Here are some of their other stunts. 

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The Bizarre History and Fiery End of Berlin's Iconic Abandoned Amusement Park

Communism, drug trafficking, arson—Spreepark saw it all. 

AP Photo/Wong May-E

In Singapore, Senior Citizens Can Now Stop Traffic

As the county joins the ranks of "super-aged" nations, its new Green Man Plus program is using tech to give older pedestrians extra time to cross busy streets.

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Stockholm Is Crowdsourcing the Color of Its New Subway Line

To enter the contest, you also have to justify your choice.

Reuters/Sean Yong

George Lucas' Chicago Museum Could Look Ultra Avant Garde

May the force be with a hot team of noted architects as they try to sell the city on their notoriously experimental designs. 

Reuters/Jorge Silva

The World's Tallest Slum Is Being Cleared by the Venezuelan Government

It's been called "a pirate utopia." But the eviction of 3,000 residents is no solution to Caracas' glaring poverty and desperate housing shortage.

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Google’s Street View Cameras Are Touring Museums and Taking Selfies

Art galleries have a lot of mirrors, and the robots are snapping oddly compelling pics of themselves in front of them.

Photo by Flickr user 5nap

Russians Will Vote by App on the Fate of a Modernist Moscow Landmark

The government wants to dismantle the tower, but the structure's fans are pushing for restoration.

Photo courtesy Oita Toilennale Executive Committee

Japan's Toilennale Is Like the Venice Biennale, But for Toilets

The city of Oita is commissioning artists and designers to turn 12 of its public lavatories into working art installations.

Courtesy Art. Lebedev Studio.

Forget Glow-in-the-Dark Roads—Here's an Interactive Highway

This imagined roadway would update drivers on traffic ahead, alert them to sudden hazards, and instantly change road signs.