Design

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'No Time for Ugliness': A 1965 Case for Better Cities

Even 47 years ago, American architects saw the perils of sprawl and car-oriented development.

ph5 architecture

A New Vancouverism

Moving beyond the City of Glass.

citycalfe

Portland: Build This Retirement Home for Chickens!

Portlanders are putting their elderly poultry out to pasture. We have a better idea.

Photos

The Hit and Miss Architecture of New Courthouses

A tour of emerging trends in courthouse design.

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Asia: The World Leader in Super-Tall Statues

There are big statues of gods and heroes almost everywhere, but Asia dominates.

Hargreaves Associates

Nashville's New, Hypergreen Park

A 6.5-acre, nature-inspired space opens as part of the city's riverfront revitalization plan.

Flickr/jseattle

Yes, There's an 'Urban Planning for Dummies' Book

And its author makes the case for why our cities need more dummies getting involved.

Videos
Jo Peel

A Mural About City-Building That Actually Doesn't Stink

This time-lapse video chronicles painted cranes as they "build" a city from the ground up, with real-life objects blending into two dimensions and vice versa.

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New York's Next Skyscraper

Eleven finalists compete to add a new addition to the city's famous skyline.

Reuters

Which Parts of the Country Produce the Most NFL Players?

Despite Friday Night Lights portrayals, there's a lot more geographic diversity in NFL prospects than you might think.

Mark Byrnes

'If Your Place Needs a Slogan, It Has a Problem': A Conversation with the Creative Director of Manchester

After a career spent designing album covers, Peter Saville talks about his unique role in crafting his hometown's identity.

Flickr

What Cities Can Learn From Toronto's Green Roof Policy

Already, 1.2 million square feet of green space have been added to the city.

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Have Guitar, Will Sing Songs About Urban Planning

Melanie Hammet wants to turn obscure zoning ordinances into the universal language of song.

Flickr/eytonz

Which Cities Are the Musical Trend Setters?

A new study ranks Atlanta, not New York or L.A., as the most influential on our musical tastes. 

Reuters

Are London's 2012 Logos the Worst in Olympic History?

The city is trying to showcase its quirky side. Instead, its Olympic symbols have become a laughing stock.

Photos
Paul Kweton

A Rocking Chair for You and Your Dog or Cat

Because pets love to be swung back and forth, that's why.

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Courtesy: Atelier Steffen Kehrle

A Swiss Army Knife for Cities

Atelier Steffen Kehrle has designed a kit to make urban life a little easier.

Reuters

One Thing Missing from the Urban Farm Movement: Farmers

With few skilled farmers, many urban gardens become victims of neglect.

Mimi Kirk

Saying Goodbye to One of Singapore's Last Historic Cemeteries

Amid rare opposition, the land-scarce city-state prepares to build a highway through Bukit Brown.