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The Two Towers of London's Olympic Misgivings

An army missile turret and the unveiling of The Orbit have dominated U.K. headlines this week.

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The Limits of Density

Denser cities are more productive, more innovative, and more energy efficient. But only up to a point. 

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Eviction of the Day: Milan's Occupied Skyscraper

The artists behind the MACAO project have officially been given the boot.

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When a Bubble Becomes a Building

At a new festival in Rotterdam, the world's most fragile and temporary pavilion. 

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Havana's International Art Draw

Cuba's capital celebrates its 11th art biennial. 

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Just How Bad Is Noise Pollution for Our Health?

At best, noise is distracting. But the distraction can have significant consequences.

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David Schalliol

The Midwest's Rebuild Era, in Pictures

A sociologist and an urban historian document the community activism reshaping some of the cities hardest hit by the great recession.

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The World's Tallest LEGO Skyscraper, For Now

Seoul is the most recent city to claim the record, broken 30 times in 24 years.

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Carmichael Collective

Why Does This Bench Need an Instruction Sign?

Has the city's public-works department gone rogue?

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For Landlocked Revitalization, Railyards in Lieu of Waterfronts

How train tracks helped deliver new life to Birmingham, Alabama.

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In D.C., Baseball-Oriented Development Seems, at Last, to Be Working

How Nationals Park, to the surprise of its neighbors, is leading to a better community.

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How Do You Navigate a City With No Street Names?

A photographer documents the way residents of Amman, Jordan, get around.

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Seattle Municipal Archives

The Expo As Change Agent

Fifty years after its debut, Seattle’s Jetsons-era World's Fair is still shaping the city, an example of how an ephemeral exposition can have a permanent impact.

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A Mirrored 'Stealth Cap' for Hiding in Crowds

Who doesn't want to enjoy some alone time in a shiny polyhedron from outer space?

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A Brief History of Observation Towers

As London debuts its newest structural wonder, a tour of its counterparts around the world.

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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.

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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.