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DC Historic Preservation Office

Behold This Huge Interactive Map of D.C.'s Historic Buildings

It took the city’s office of historic preservation more than 15 years to make, covers 127,000 buildings, and it’s still not quite finished.

Marko Djurica/Reuters

The Meaning of Home in an Uprooted World: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we’ve come across in the last seven days.

Subrata Biswas/AP

The Winners of the C40 Cities Awards for Climate Change

The top cities mass-produce compost, use landfill gas to heat a stadium, and “deconstruct” rather than demolish homes.

Bloomberg

São Paulo Scores Grand Prize in Bloomberg Mayors Challenge

The Brazilian megacity triumphed over urban innovation projects from Colombia, Chile, and Mexico to take home top honors from Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Brummen.nl

The Dutch Crosswalk That Softly Glows From Within

An LED-covered crosswalk in Brummen makes itself known to drivers and pedestrians alike.

Frank Franklin II/AP

Can the Sharing Economy Root Out Racism?

The algorithms that power the online marketplace just reflect the racial discrimination found in society itself.

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The Artist Who Made Sanitation Workers Worthy of a Museum

A retrospective of Mierle Laderman Ukeles’s work argues that maintenance should be valued as art.

WSDOT

Washington State Is Giving Away a Free Bridge

The 1930s span “would make the perfect present for someone who has always wanted their own bridge, but didn’t know quite where to start.”

Dawn Ellner/CC BY 2.0

Imagining the Housing of the Future: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we’ve come across in the last seven days.

Britain's Totally Fake Roundabout Is Driving Locals Crazy

A road in Cambridge was redesigned to actively confuse drivers.

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Ma Yansong's Urbanism

“What we’ve learned about modern cities in China was always from the West. But after 30 years of this practice, we see problems and new ideas emerging.”

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David Pérez (DPC), Wikimedia Commons, License cc-by-sa-4.0

The Women Replacing Spain's Franco-Era Street Names

Cities are finally getting rid of streets that honor fascist figures, and they’re addressing a gender imbalance at the same time.

Liz Gorman

Protesting Trump, the District of Columbia Way

D.C. punks are reviving an ‘80s-era protest message to signal their dislike of the president-elect.

Courtesy the artist.

'Baltimore Rising' and the Role of Art in Settling History

An exhibit at the Maryland Institute College of Art explores the imagery surrounding Freddie Gray’s death by looking for context in the chaos that followed.

Heath Cajandig/Flickr

Atlanta's Plan to Create Its Own Times Square

The city wants to spur foot traffic, business, and density through a new “bright lights district.” Urban lighting scholars point out some pitfalls.

DanielsCorp

Why Park Designers Need to Think More About Mental Health

One Toronto neighborhood serves as an example of the limitations in drawing links between happier residents and the amount of green space they have access to.

Lee Russell/Library of Congress

Americans Aren't as Mobile as You Think: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we’ve come across in the last seven days.

Jie Zhang/Staples/Metropolis

The Office of the Future: A Portable, Inflatable Bubble?

A futuristic cubicle design would let you roll annoying co-workers down a hill.

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Local Projects

City Museums Look to the Future

A new exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York places civic engagement at the forefront.