Design

"Rooftops: Why Not?" Ideas Competition

Wild Idea: Put Schools On Top of New York Skyscrapers

A team of Portuguese architects propose a lofty concept to fix America's troubled education system.

Matt Ashburn

Wish Your Neighborhood Had a Diner? Buy This One on eBay

A D.C.-based entrepreneur imported his own diner in 2009, but now he's looking to sell.

Reuters

Postcard From Yangon

A banned Buddhist festival makes its triumphant return, and other news.

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Boa Mistura

Trompe L'oeil in the Slums: São Paulo's 'Floating' Graffiti

Graffiti artists have created words that seem to float several feet above the crooked roadways of a Brazilian favela.

Flickr/abi.bhattachan

Why College Towns Are Happy Towns

According to new data from Gallup, university towns are the happiest metro areas in the country.

Reuters

Postcard From Hollywood

A roommate fight turns fiery, and more news.

Courtesy: Chuck Wolfe

Telling a City's Story Through Sound

New efforts to document soundscapes, past and present.

Bus Roots

Gardens on Top of City Buses: This Would Never Work

Attention, media: Please stop writing about bus-roof gardens as if they could actually exist in real life.

Reuters

How Can Cities Combat Their Feral Cat Populations?

The best responses to this week's The Big Fix.

You Are Where You Wear

The often subtle (and occasionally lucrative) art of expressing city pride, via t-shirt.

Flickr/bradleypjohnson

The Official Guide to Tactical Urbanism

A new book offers case studies and tips on creating quick and effective urban interventions.

Postcard From Pripyat

Scenes from Chernobyl's ghost town.

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Scenes From a Lollipop House

A modest-sized home makes a bold statement in this South Korean neighborhood.

TransitMiami.com

Can a Highway Median Become an Alluring Public Space?

That's the question in Miami, where a design firm has created a temporary pop-up park, complete with sod and seating.

Postcard From Detroit

The abandoned book depository.

Photos

What Would You Pay for a Hotel Room Covered in Graffiti?

Artists turn half a room into a wild wall of street art and leave the other half stark white; the results are incredible.  

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Awful Product Idea of the Day: Live Turtle Key Rings

Beijing's street vendors are offering goldfish and small turtles sealed inside plastic trinkets for your amusement.

Reuters

Strange Urban Animal Infestations, a History

Miami and house-eating snails, Seattle against a band of coyotes, and more stories of urban outbreaks.

Videos
ThePotholeGardener

Watch What Happens When East London Potholes Become Mini-Gardens

An aesthetically pleasing if not quite street legal approach to fixing East London's potholes.