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The Noise Addicts of New York City: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A round-up of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.

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When Climate Adaptation Plans Hurt the Urban Poor

And what cities can do to promote equity and sustainability.

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The Universal Hip Hop Museum and 'Design Justice'

As work on the museum progresses, its architects and designers must find ways to work a raucous history into a very staid building.

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How Chicago Turned an Industrial Waste Site Into a Nature Lovers' and Cyclists' Paradise

The Big Marsh was once home to nine steel mills. Now it’s where bikes and rare birds roam.

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A Remarkable New Photo Map of Old London

Two years in the making, the London Picture Map includes more than 150,000 historical images.

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Mapping Britain's Extremely Lewd, Rude, and Weird Place Names

Fancy a trip to the Shank of Inchgrundle?

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A High Line for Paris, Only More So

The transformation of the Petite Ceinture will ultimately become the city’s biggest-ever railway conversion project.

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The Birth of a Fashion Industry in Kinshasa

Behind the bottom-up push to make the Congolese capital the ‘Paris of Africa.’

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When the Midwest Runs Dry: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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


The Pokepocalypse Is Coming for New York

We aren’t catching them. They are catching us.

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This Map Shows How Artists Built New York

An exhibit about the friendship between Eva Hesse and Sol LeWitt shows how art has nurtured New York—and vice versa.

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Donald Trump Loses His War Against a Scottish Wind Farm

The plan threatened views from a Trump-owned golf course.


Cleveland Won the Republican National Convention

The city gave more than it got from hosting the RNC, and Public Square was the event’s MVP.

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Why Austrians Are Taking Their Wackiest Architect Seriously After His Death

Behind the almost child-like designs, Friedensreich Hundertwasser wanted to recover the “dignity of man” which had “been violated in our unnatural and hostile urban grid system.”

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The Most Rectangular Places on Earth

Turkey is extremely rectangular—but not as much as Egypt, Lethoso, and Ghana.

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An Italian Architect's Wild American Dream

Renzo Picasso wanted to build seven-layer "superstreets" through American cities.

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With Every Heatwave, an Excuse for Londoners to Curse Boris Johnson

The former mayor’s pet project is currently driving bus passengers mad.


Seattle to Roll Out a 'Pac-Man'-Themed Pavement Maze

The city plans to salute everybody’s favorite chomping-yellow orb with a new street mural.

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Artists Switch Off TVs Playing European Soccer, Chaos Ensues

At one Berlin pub, seas of cheers quickly turned into cries of shock and horror.