Design

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What Does Preservation Mean in a City Without History?

Rapidly developing Abu Dhabi considers saving its disappearing past.

Playstation/YouTube

A Video Game That Side-Scrolls the City Skyline

Skyscrapers and burning streets are the setting of a new game for Playstation, with music by Beck.

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Buttermilk Vans, Icemen, and Lots of Hats: Washington Circa 1936

An old WPA video shows the capital bustling through the Great Depression.

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From an Apartment Full of Cardboard Boxes, a Massive Work of Art

You too, could turn the remnants of your recent move into a cool video art installation.

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Where India's Street Food Is Born

It's harvest time for the water chestnut.

Videos

How To Jump From China's Monstrous Aizhai Bridge (and Survive)

The bridge is the longest and tallest tunnel-to-tunnel bridge ever built. It's a natural magnet for anybody who likes doing improbable things.

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Why Can't an Entire City Be a Museum?

Curators in Ghent, Belgium, use art to force visitors into far-flung neighborhoods.

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A Flock of Flying Umbrellas Invades Portugal

The city of Águeda is awash in a strange kind of street art.

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What Japan Would Look Like if it Were Made of 1.8 Million LEGOs

A group of students recreate the country.

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Reuters

Which American Cities Won the Most Medals?

When it comes to the Games, the West Coast dominates.

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The Case for Weird Buildings, Indianapolis Skepticism, and a Renter's Respite: The Best #CityReads of the Week

Our weekly look back at the stories you may have missed.

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Dwight Howard, the Lakers, and the Spiky NBA

Big cities continue to dominate the competition for basketball superstars.

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Does This Boston Mural Contain a Hidden Terrorist Message?

Almost certainly not, but that isn't stopping Fox News commentators from seeing a "female Muslim suicide bomber."

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Berlin's Plastic Wrap Art

See garbage and cling wrap molded into sculpture.

Bernhard Burkard

A Quasi-Hammock for City Streets

An easy-to-carry lounge chair can be deployed against buildings and trees.

AFP/YouTube

An Underground Religious Sect, Literally

70 sectarians are found living in an underground bunker in Russia.

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Inside a German Prison That's Now An Artsy Hostel

Going to jail has never been so fun.

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Peter Root

A City of Staples

A miniature megalopolis.

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A Glowing Run Through Edinburgh

Hundreds of walkers get decked out in glowing lights and run over Arthur's Seat to illuminate the iconic landmark.