Design

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London's Newest Building Seems to Be Floating Away

This architectural magic trick would make David Copperfield proud.

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Quantifying the Livable City

NYU's Constantine Kontokosta sees Big Data as a tool not just for saving energy—but for making cities healthier, more resilient, and more equitable.

Maps
Morphocode

Mapping the Age of Every Building in Manhattan

A new tool called Urban Layers tracks Manhattan's rise, block by block, since 1765.

Flussbad Berlin

Berlin Wants to Build a Pool in the Middle of the City's River

The Flussbad Berlin project represents a bold, new imagining of what a metropolitan river can be.

Anthony Flint

Why Is Italy's 'National Mall' so Unwelcoming?

Caserta's La Reggia palace and grounds could bring new energy and a sense of ownership to citizens of a tourist destination—if only it wasn't so hard to get in.

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The Gods Are Watching You Pee, so Don't Do It in Public

How ceramic tiles featuring deities might curb an Indian health hazard: Public urination.

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1AM Gallery

San Francisco Experiments with Miniature Street Art

Teeny graffiti gets raised to high art.

Videos
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Eating and Drinking at the Top of London's BT Tower

A film made when the 581-foot tower was a lot groovier.

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What We Can Learn from a Dutch Bike Traffic Jam

Even in the cycling utopia of the Netherlands, bicyclists face infrastructure problems.

New Heroes

A Dutch City Is Monitored by Giant, Unblinking Eyeballs

People won't be able to avoid the gaze of the Terrible Eyes, say the makers of this Orwellian artwork.

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Turning Topography Into Typography

Aerial Bold aims to develop an alphabet out of aerial maps.

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Paris Erects an Unlikely 'Christmas Tree'

Artist Paul McCarthy stretches the boundaries of art and political commentary in the public square.

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Can This Man Bridge Two Disparate D.C. Communities—and a River?

Scott Kratz had a successful career in museum education until he stumbled upon a new calling: building an ambitious, elevated park over the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C.

Chuan Wang

China Disrupts the Rain Gear Industry with the 'Air Umbrella'

This weather wand blows raindrops 3 feet away (and perhaps onto other people).

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Would You Take the 'Walk to Get Your Groceries' Challenge?

Strong Towns wants to change the way Americans see the places they live—such as what a walk to the store reveals about infrastructure.

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Street Art's Fleeting Protest, Made Permanent

There's a political bent to photographer Yoav Litvin's new book chronicling New York's most ephemeral art.

3 Ways That Turning Parking Spots Into Parklets Helps Businesses

They increase foot traffic, attention, and in some cases, spending.

Teeny Globes Were All the Rage In 18th-Century London

And on October 22, you can pocket one at Bonhams for a few grand.

A New York Apartment, Painstakingly Rendered in Ghostly Fabric

Korean artist Do Ho Suh reconsiders the meaning of "home" with incredibly detailed sculptures of mundane yet highly personal household items.

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The Future of Transportation Is Not All Flying Cars

What we've learned from our 9-month series on tomorrow's urban mobility.