Design

Half Acre Beer Company

Chicago's Booming Beer Scene, Explained

The Windy City is setting itself up as America's next beer mecca. Here's how they did it.

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Gregory Halpern

Faces of the Rust Belt

Photographer Gregory Halpern captures scenes of despair and surprising strength in his new book, A.

Anglotopia

Number of the Day: 23,700

The estimated number of security personnel needed for the London Olympics.

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Michael Heindl

Europe's Most Irritating Public Artist

Many urban dwellers would no doubt like to give Austrian artist Michael Heindl a piece of their minds.

Postcard From Warsaw

A monument to 22,000 massacred Poles is looking for a new home, and other news.

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The Worst Public Bathroom in New York

Plans to renovate the New York Public Library best not overlook the loo.

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A Tilt-Shift Video of Rio de Janeiro's Carnival

A dramatic glimpse of Rio's vibrant street culture, in miniature.

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The Secret Life of India's Slums

What Katherine Boo's new book teaches us about the country's sky-rocketing inequality.

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Pittsburgh to Get Its Own Burning Man-Style 'Festival of Fire Arts'

The first-ever Pyrotopia will introduce Pennsylvanians to everyone's favorite art – the kind that burns.

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Map of the Day: Happy States

A new Gallup study shows which states are the most and least content.

Postcard From Pass Christian

A Gulf Coast community rebuilds four years after Katrina.

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The Water Tank Project

How to Turn a Water Tank Into a Work of Art

Artists across New York will leave their mark on 300 of the city's water tanks.

How Birmingham Became an Indie Rock Destination

The story of the Bottletree and how a single great music venue can make a huge difference to a city.

Okamoto Condoms

Ad Campaign of the Day: Promoting Secret Sex in Singapore

A condom company is developing products for sexual privacy in this ultra-dense city-state, such as a screen that fits over car windows to make the vehicle look empty.

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Madrid's Broken Drinking Fountains Become Shimmering Waterfalls of Light

Two anonymous Spanish artists use light to highlight defects in the urban landscape. At issue here: Madrid's busted-down public fountains.

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What Does a Subway Entrance Say About its City?

A photographic survey of the world's metro gateways.

Postcard From New Orleans

Investigators foil a murder-for-hire and other news.

Kevin Scott

Your Friendly Neighborhood Indoor Mushroom Farm

Seattle's ever-changing experimental gallery storefront makes the transition from music store to farm.

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BOOM: The Fiery Demolition of Ohio's Fort Steuben Bridge

The 84-year-old structure went down in flames this week, a spectacular implosion caught from multiple camera angles.