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Tokyo Hotaru Festival

Tokyo's Solar-Powered 'Fireflies'

The city's Hotaru festival uses LED bulbs designed to mimic the light of the insects that once “gemmed” the Sumida River. 

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Montana Horses' Last Cowboys

In Montana, a way of life comes to an end for one ranch.

Courtesy: Estherase/Flickr

The Shipping Container City Boom

More and more, shipping containers are being used to create big, inter-connected work spaces and homes.

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In Jerusalem, a Celebration Worthy of a Haircut

Orthodox Jews celebrate Lag Ba-Omer with bonfires and haircuts for three-year-olds boys.

Courtesy: City of Renton

In Renton, a Model for Green Revitalization

An exemplary development with first-class green infrastructure and mixed-income housing.

Courtesy: Congress for a New Urbanism

At the 20th Congress for the New Urbanism, a Movement Feels its Age

They used to be radicals, now they're establishment. Has it changed their approach to development?

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Public Art Project of the Day: Pools of Colored Light in Paris

A new take on the Grand Palais.

Reuters

London's Brand Olympics

The Games have provided an unprecedented opportunity, not always welcome, for companies to attach their names to parts of the city.

Reuters

A Robot Grows in Tokyo

The life-size sculpture is an advertisement for a new theme park.

Kaid Benfield

Do Cities Really Makes Us Happier?

We need places that foster positive human interaction, but they don't have to be urban.

Classic Copenhagen

Public Trash Cans That Aren't Overflowing with Empty Coffee Cups

A designer in Copenhagen comes up with a solution to her city's trash problem.

Turn Your Pasta Into Architecture

A conceptual project turns a box of spaghetti into an ode to a New York skyscraper.

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In Copenhagen, a Rare Musical Treat for Subway Riders

An orchestral flash mob serenades commuters.

Loki Films

'Detropia' Offers a Bleak Vision of Detroit

The new documentary forces viewers to confront the city's rapid decline.

Reuters

Someone Built This House Upside Down

Austria's newest tourist trap.

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New York City Department of Records

History Lesson of the Day: The Many Hats of New York's Horses

Once upon a time, they held many different jobs.

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BIG architects

Coming Soon to Seoul, a Hashtag-Inspired Building

BIG's newest project condenses a neighborhood into a tic tac toe board.

Behind the Mask: @UrbanismAvenger Speaks!

The voice behind our favorite new Twitter feed won't reveal his or her true identity, but does offer casting notes for an all-urbanist superhero team.

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Courtesy: Reconnecting America

Ideas for Optimizing Denver's Transit System

A new report uses reams of data to design a better transportation system.