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Huge, Wind-Propelled 'Strandbeests' Arrive in San Francisco

The kinetic sculptures are part sailboat, part stick insect, and seemingly possessed with animal intelligence.

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On a World Stage, Architects Imagine Detroit as the City of the Future

At this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale, 12 designs envision how “the capital of urban ruins” can move forward from crisis.

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Troubled Bridges Over Danish Waters

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Is Tourism Spoiling Iceland?

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Capturing Hong Kong in the 'Blue Moment'

For just a few minutes a day, the sky cloaks the entire city in a glowing, azure tint.

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How One Colorado City Instantly Created Affordable Housing

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Posters of City Life in a Fading USSR

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One Man's Decades-Long Quest to Draw Every Subway Station in New York

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