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The Precious Commodity of Urban Sunlight: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A round-up of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.

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Preserving One of the 1964 World's Fair's Few Remnants

Philip Johnson's New York State Pavilion was designated a "National Treasure" earlier this week.

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A Radical Approach to Adding Density in New York's Outer Boroughs

Picture octopus-like high-rises engulfing transit hubs.

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An Aerial View of China's Colossal Dust Storm

It's said to be the largest sandstorm to hit northern China in 10 years.

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Post-Sandy, Designers Are Forced to Imagine Asking People to Move

Two proposals unveiled earlier this month tiptoe into the fraught territory of what's called Managed Retreat.

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The Many Strange Faces of This Old Skyscraper

A unique look inside Manhattan's 101-year-old Woolworth Building.

The Utopian Origins of Restroom Symbols

A new book spotlights the creation and many applications of Isotype, the modernist visual language that lives on in signage all around us.

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Robert Moses Vs. Jane Jacobs: The Opera

The show will grapple with the fundamental question of what a city should be.

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A Look Inside America's First Cat Cafe

Serving "Cat'achinos," naturally.

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Peek Inside the Imaginary World of London's Anti-Litter Fairies

Here are a few short films about the hard-working construction crews who dispose of your trash.

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Has Manhattan Become Too 'Manhattanized'?

Midtown is a hive of construction, with one luxury tower after another replacing older buildings. What's being lost?

Thomas Lamadieu

Transforming the Sky Between Buildings Into Elaborate Doodles

One French artist looked up and imagined a whole new world.

Incredible Photos From L.A.'s Art Fair

A small preview of Paris Photo Los Angeles, taking place next week.

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A Grim Photographic Tribute to the BP Oil Disaster

A look at one of humanity's worst oil calamities from one of its most renowned documentarians.

Dimitrios Spyropoulos

The Ol' Sleeping Bicycle Gets a Modern Update

It may look like a big baby carriage, but this unusual trike doubles as a great place to snooze.

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What Happened to Skywriting?

How skywriting rose and fell, and why its instagrammability may lead to a resurgence.

Revisiting the Work of One of America's Best Postwar Photographers

Some of Garry Winogrand's most compelling images of New York, L.A., and Albuquerque.

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For Masochists, Here's Some Hops-Flavored Soda

All the hops, none of the alcohol – who couldn't love that combo?

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People of Color Are Disproportionately Hurt by Air Pollution

New York and Philadelphia top the list of urban areas with great gaps in pollution exposure between whites and non-whites.