Design

Mairie de Paris

A High-Stakes Contest to 'Reinvent' Paris Fails to Impress

At least one local newspaper is questioning the city’s influence over a major architectural design competition.

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Rating Europe's Most and Least Happy Cities

Start packing your bags for Oslo.

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Can a Game Help Build Affordable Housing?

To break through gridlock on fair housing, officials in wealthy Westchester County, New York, try a new tactic.

Joey Sanchez/Blue Tile Project

The Fight to Save Houston's Overlooked Street Signs

Joey Sanchez thinks the city’s heritage lives well below eye level.

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Subspotting

A Lovely Map of Phone Reception in the New York Subway

Its creators probed the MTA’s 660 miles of track with a prototype data logger.

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Benton Murdoch Spruance/The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

The Art of the Crowd

A new exhibition explores how the masses of 20th-century America pushed artists in new directions.

Infosys

Look Out, London: India Is Building Its Own Big Ben

The world’s tallest free-standing clock tower will go up in the southern Indian city of Mysore.

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Can Removing Centerlines Make Roads Safer?

When it comes to road markings, some experts say less is more.

Maps

My 5 Favorite Maps: Stamen Design's Eric Rodenbeck

Conversations with mapmakers on the works that most inspire them.

Natacha Pisarenko / AP

Why Gated Communities Are Still Booming in Buenos Aires

Pricey downtown real estate and safety concerns are among the factors.

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Marko Plahuta

Mapping Manhattan's Parking Tickets by Type of Car

Who knew Fords got ticketed so much in New York?

AP/Carolyn Kaster

A Requiem for the CFL Light Bulb

General Electric is flipping the switch on the harsh, energy-saving bulbs that divided a nation.

William Hong / Reuters

Making China's Urban Fringes More Livable

New initiatives in Jiaxing and Shenzhen offer alternatives to top-down, centralized planning.

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Futuristic Trash Tubes Could Be Coming to New York City

The ClosedLoops team is developing a pneumatic waste-removal system for the High Line.

Library of Congress

Exit, L.A.'s Most Cinematic Bridge

A farewell to the Sixth Street Viaduct.

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How Music Festivals Shape Cities

A conversation with Jonathan R. Wynn on his new book, Music/City.

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The Psychological Benefit of White Street Lights

Scientists say they make us feel safer.

Stéphane Malka Architecture

Rooftop 'Parasite' Homes Could be the Future of Affordable Housing in Paris

No, really.

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Could Freight Hubs Become Eco-Villages?

A landscape architect proposes exurban shipping districts you’d actually want to visit (or live in).