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Finding Relief in the World's Most Congested City: A Sunday Afternoon on São Paulo's Minhocão

Scenes from a highway reclaimed by the city's pedestrians and cyclists.

An Object That Domesticates Ivy

The 'Parramyd' provides a framework for your vine-like plants to grow.

Charlie Chaplin Goes to the Beach

The 65th annual Cannes Film Festival is now underway.

In Rotterdam, a Promenade Built By the People

Constructing a piece of urban infrastructure that otherwise might have not been built for a generation.

Downtown Toledo's Minor League Mojo

Minor league ballparks can thrive when combined with a passionate local sports culture and an already improving downtown.

Heart-Stopping Art of the Day: Giant Inflatable Tentacles

An artist from the U.K. makes it look as if buildings are being strangled by a malignant Kraken.

A Chair as Adaptive Reuse

A Brooklyn-based woodshop has made a lounger out of a New York City water tower's reclaimed timber.

A Queen's Reign, Through Exhibit

At London's National Portrait Gallery, the Queen gets her close-up many times over.

The Two Towers of London's Olympic Misgivings

An army missile turret and the unveiling of The Orbit have dominated U.K. headlines this week.

The Limits of Density

Denser cities are more productive, more innovative, and more energy efficient. But only up to a point. 

Eviction of the Day: Milan's Occupied Skyscraper

The artists behind the MACAO project have officially been given the boot.

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When a Bubble Becomes a Building

At a new festival in Rotterdam, the world's most fragile and temporary pavilion. 

Havana's International Art Draw

Cuba's capital celebrates its 11th art biennial. 

Just How Bad Is Noise Pollution for Our Health?

At best, noise is distracting. But the distraction can have significant consequences.

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The Midwest's Rebuild Era, in Pictures

A sociologist and an urban historian document the community activism reshaping some of the cities hardest hit by the great recession.

The World's Tallest LEGO Skyscraper, For Now

Seoul is the most recent city to claim the record, broken 30 times in 24 years.

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Why Does This Bench Need an Instruction Sign?

Has the city's public-works department gone rogue?

For Landlocked Revitalization, Railyards in Lieu of Waterfronts

How train tracks helped deliver new life to Birmingham, Alabama.

In D.C., Baseball-Oriented Development Seems, at Last, to Be Working

How Nationals Park, to the surprise of its neighbors, is leading to a better community.