Design

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Why Are Swarms of Butterflies Appearing in Indianapolis?

Inside one artist's mission to cover the city with blue bugs.

Big Cities, Bad Cities, Beer Cities: The Best #CityReads of the Week

Our weekly look back at the stories you may have missed.

Product of the Day: Canned City Air

Get a whiff of a place you miss.

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Watch the Icons of Google Maps Come to Life in the Real World

What happens when you insert elements from the digital realm into our physical surroundings?

The Original Hooligans

Pussy Riot are the latest, but a family of cartoon Irish immigrants came first.

From 1925 Bank Vault to Swanky Eatery: The Story of Cleveland’s Crop Bistro

"It was almost like it was [originally] designed to be a restaurant."

A Matrimonial First for Taiwan

Two women tie the knot in the country's first same-sex Buddhist wedding.

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A Chair That Lets You Do Your Office Job in a Park

Chairs with umbrellas and desks invite you to hang around.

Why Restaurant Week Won't Die, Despite the Haters

Every year, critics complain about amateur eaters and disappointing food. So why do so many cities keep the tradition going?

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Labyrinth of the Day: Salt Paintings of Motoi Yamamoto

The Japanese artist designs massive mazes by pouring salt on the floor.

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IKEA's Move Into Urban Development

The retail giant gets into the boutique hotel business.

Kathmandu's Street Children

Performers struggle to make ends meet.

Is There a Limit to How Tall Buildings Can Get?

"We could do at least a mile and probably quite a bit more."

An Ode to Abandoned Chairs

Have a seat.

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Laurel Roth's Weird, Wonderful Pigeon Sweaters

These bespoke costumes are both cute and acidic, a commentary on all the birds that America has destroyed.

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Happy 80th Birthday, LEGO

The company is celebrating its anniversary this week with a short film on LEGO history.

Meet the Newest Wonder of the World

You're probably already vaguely acquainted. 

100 Bassists Recreate the Battle of Copenhagen

Ten-dozen musicians, aerial and aquatic dancers, antique ships and explosives experts join up for a naval spectacular.

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A Massive, Infinitely Reshapable 'Toy' in Trafalgar Square

A new piece of interactive design invites community participation.