Design

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D.C. Sinks an Artist's Plan to Build a Sunken Gas Station in the Anacostia River

A proposal by Canadian artist Mia Feuer to build a replica of a submerged gas station in the Anacostia has finally found what any good public art project needs: a vocal opposition.

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Remembering Pittsburgh's Most Mesmerizing Sign

In a city filled with illuminated signs, Westinghouse's light show was the one to watch for 30 years. Nostalgia for it remains.

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Is Unchecked Development Making Prague Ugly?

A newly formed panel of 13 respected Czech architects aims to prevent bad planning decisions. 

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Milwaukee Gets the Magnum Photos Treatment in a New Exhibit

Some of the world's best photographers spent time in Wisconsin's biggest city to produce "Postcards from America: Milwaukee."

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Brazil's World Cup Stadiums, Reimagined as Wild-Looking Housing

It surely wouldn't work, but this plan to address Brazil's housing crisis is a good example of dreaming big.

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On This Day in 1910, New York's Monorail Suffered a Grievous Wreck

A sad tale of extremely poor transportation planning.

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Pollution Pulled from the Sea Yields Functional Art

UK artists sail across the Atlantic Ocean crafting works from materials that are destroying the marine ecosystem.

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Would You Ride a Bicycle Across Europe's 2nd Longest Bridge?

Copenhagen and Malmö are considering the feasibility of an elevated cycle highway over the Øresund.

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(All photos by Ben Marcin)

A Photo Project Ponders Skyscrapers Without a Skyline

An artist obsessed with capturing lonesome structures takes on tall, urban buildings.

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Transportation Projects Don't Need to Take as Long as They Do

Using "lean" concepts, urban mobility can evolve as rapidly as iPhone apps.

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Surrealism Comes to Milan with Garbage-Bag Balloons

It's an experiment that might not immediately catch on in the fashion-conscious city.

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Liven Up Your Next Party with Cricket Chips

Well, it really depends on how your friends feel about eating bugs.

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Even the IOC Wants Tokyo to Scale Down Plans for 2020

Efforts to save the city's 56-year-old National Stadium won't stop the wrecking ball, but rising costs are forcing officials to pull back on building new venues.

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The Last, Great Gasp of the American Station Wagon

Few true station wagons remain on the roads, but the imprint of their design influence is everywhere.

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Harlem's Most Inventive New Building Looks Odd, But It's for a Purpose

The Sugar Hill development is an affordable-housing complex full of supportive amenities and innovations. But some are having a hard time with its neo-brutalist style.

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America's Leading Design Cities

New York and L.A. aren't the only epicenters for graphic designers, architects, and fashion designers. 

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London's Book Benches Highlight the Capital's Great Literary Works

A public art project invites you to have a seat on outsized versions of tomes linked to the city.

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Barcelona Debates Turning an Abandoned Bullring into a Mosque

Many European cities have managed to restrict large worship spaces for Muslims, and this plan is also likely to be controversial.

Why Every City Needs a Labyrinth

The architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group built a giant maze in Washington, D.C. Cities everywhere should get one.