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Is Your City Making You Single?

Why where we live determines how we date.

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Public Art Fund

Why Is There an Upside Down Airplane in Central Park?

Without context, this is one heckuva scary photo.

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K. Scott Kreider

How Thousands of Headstones Ended Up Under a Philadelphia Bridge

A surprising tale of a forgotten cemetery, a land grab, and some clever recycling.

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Big Cities on the Rise

Cities in the South and the West are leading the urban influx.

Eddi Törnberg

An Office Desk That Generates Electric Power Via Your Butt

Inspired by the laziness of humans, a Swedish designer built a workspace that runs in part on body heat and movement.

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Summertime, the World Over

Gorgeous photos of kite fliers, beach bums, and men playing chess in their underwear.

A Building Archipelago in the Middle of Zagreb

This new complex in integrates an old distillery and a storied Gorica factory into its design.

Courtesy of Center for Urban Research at the CUNY Graduate Center

Welcome to 1940s New York

An interactive time capsule to all 116 New York City neighborhoods, from 1943.

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Po-Chih Lai

The Craziest Skateboard Ever Can Walk Down Stairs

Po-Chih Lai's "Stair Rover" is meant to conquer the rugged streetscape of London.

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FlippyCat

Watch the Leaning Tower of Pisa Fall Over (In Dominoes)

Hasn't everyone wanted to see this happen?

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A 3D Play for Citizen Planning

Gothenburg, Sweden, makes its public planning process interactive with an online map.

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Courtesy: Andrea Martiradonna

This Globe-Trotting Restaurant Makes a Pit Stop in London

The CUBE, a mobile restaurant and event space, has graced landmarks in Brussels and Milan. Now it's headed to England in time for the Games.

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Mermaids on Main Street

Pictures from the annual Coney Island parade.

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Nipwitz

Insane 'Free Skiing' in the Urban Ruins of Industrial Russia

A group of hardcore Finnish free-ski stylists are making amazing videos amid the urban landscapes of Northern and Eastern Europe.

Courtesy: The Trashcan Project

Photo of the Day: Dumpster Pics From Hamburg

1,100 Dumpsters are transformed into pinhole cameras.

[Im]possible Living

Matchmaking Abandoned Properties With Ideas for Reuse

An Italian website compiles crowd wisdom and ideas to utilize vacant properties.

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Courtesy: Ed Wescott/DOE

The Secret City That Birthed the Atomic Bomb

Photos from the Tennessee town of Oak Ridge, where thousands of workers and their families lived while constructing the atom bomb.

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Can Solar Panels and Historic Preservation Get Along?

Ideas for rules that balance a building’s historic character with the need for green energy.

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Surveillance Cameras Could Make Us Better People

New research finds the "bystander effect" can be offset by the presence of public self-awareness.