Design

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The Science of Quieter Cities

Tired of listening to your neighbor's shoes, the garbage truck, and the sound of car traffic? What if you didn't have to?

Irene Posch

Fashion Accessory of the Day: Light-Up Bicycling Gloves

These LED-studded gloves not only look nifty, but could save lives, too.

Maps

An Online Map You'll Actually Want to Look At

A cartography design studio creates unique map skins for a more aesthetically pleasing online experience. 

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Pim Top

The Ultra-Classy Street Furniture of Rotterdam

A Dutch artist created illegal but highly luxurious street signs, a leather-padded bench and a walnut garbage can.

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Flickr/leander.canaris

Skyscrapers of the Mad Men Era

Mysterious, simple, intimidating. These buildings define the 1960s just as much as a certain show.

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Postcard From Berlin

Nazi-stolen art is returned, and more news.

Courtesy: Micheline Maynard

Chicago’s Overshadowed Chef Gets His Moment

Paul Kahan finally gets the recognition he deserves.

Maps

A Fantasy Transit Map for San Francisco

A chat with the cartographer who dreamed up this latest entry into the aspirational transit future genre.

Videos
Courtesy: Denver Zoo

Recycling Victory of the Day: The Poo-Powered Tuk Tuk

A three-wheeled rickshaw powered by animal waste, courtesy of the Denver Zoo.

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Peel Engineering

The Glorious Return of the World's Smallest Street-Legal Car

How would you like to own a car so compact that you could pick it up and carry it into your apartment at night?

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Google Maps

Scenes From Above: A Former Steel Plant in Buffalo Goes Green

Decades since Bethlehem Steel shut down, the site sees small bits of new life.

Videos

The Cult of the Tokyo Arcade

A video that examines the insular and mysterious arcade culture of Japan.

Reuters

Postcard From Sanabis

An armchair barricade, and more news.

Reuters

The Convoluted Path to Ending Los Angeles's Mural Ban

Lawsuits and questions about the true nature of murals have confounded L.A. for a decade.

Image of the Day: Grand Central's New Look

One of America's most famous train stations gets a new logo.

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YouTube/Quicken Loans

Is Dan Gilbert Too Tacky to Be Loved By Detroit?

The entrepreneur is almost single-handedly reviving downtown Detroit, but his design choices are under fire.

Courtesy: Michael Green

The Case for Skyscrapers Made of Wood

Wood is cheaper and more energy-efficient than steel. Should we be using it to build skyscrapers?

Reuters

Postcard From Bucharest

A bride with a 1.85-mile train.

Courtesy: BMW Guggenheim Lab

BMW Guggenheim Cancels Its Berlin Exhibition Amid Threats of Violence

Left-wing activists threatened to "derail" the project, arguing it would speed gentrification.