Design

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North Korea's 7-Mile Fuschia Rainbow Hotel

The farcical design mimics the vision Kim Jong Il allegedly saw at birth

Courtesy: Little Free Library

A Library Without the Building

A handful of new programs offer books in public spaces to anyone who wants them

Postcard From Indianapolis

A downtown zip line and other news

The City and the Graphic Designer: An Interview With Olimpia Zagnoli

A unique approach to developing iconography for 150 different cities

Ruth Samuelson

Hopeful Footsteps in Mexico City’s Centro Histórico

Cutting of the neighborhood's main streets to vehicular traffic has helped reduce crime

Courtesy: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Number of the Day: 50,000

The size, in square feet, of the new art museum in northwest Arkansas

Reuters

Postcard From Liverpool

A pixelated bust doubles as a comment on the Catholic sex abuse scandal and other news

Charles Wolfe

An Urbanist's 2012 Calendar

Perspectives from the year that was and a frame for the year ahead

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The Geography of the Year in Music

The cities with the most singles on Pitchfork's 2011 "Best of" list

Foster and Partners

Slick Plans for a High-Speed Train Station in Spain

The London-based firm Foster + Partners has received the commission for a high-speed train station in Galicia called Ourense AVE Station

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Una Arquitetos

12 Eye-Catching Storefronts

A dozen facades that are sure to attract curious shoppers

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An Architect's Christmas: The Fallingwater App and Gingerbread Model

Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic house goes digital

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Postcard From Hampden

Holiday scenes from Baltimore's zany blue collar neighborhood

Hergé/Moulinsart

Interpreting the World Through the Lens of Tintin

A researcher travels to the sites of Tintin comic adventures to explore their connections and misperceptions

Charles Wolfe

A Tall Building Bible

Author Kate Ascher offers a remarkably plain-language reexamination of modern skyscrapers

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Postcard From Bethlehem

A California town recreates the blocks-long Bethlehem, complete with a night market, and other news

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A Building Becomes a Pinball Machine

Created for Lyon’s annual Festival of Lights, “Urban Flipper” projects a fully-playable pinball game onto the facade of a neo-classical theater

Hong Kong & Shenzhen Biennale

Why the Shenzhen and Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale Rejected Sustainability as a Theme

Event curator Terence Riley on the role of architecture in urbanism and the commercialization of green

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Reuters

Kim Jong-Il’s Vision for the City

What North Korea's urban architecture tells us about the late dictator