Design

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John King on Watching a City Change Through its Buildings

The San Francisco Chronicle's urban design critic examines the buildings that define his city

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Cleveland's New Deal-Era Public Housing Posters

The Midwest city's approach was much friendlier than New York's

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Communicating the City With a Shirt

Company prints images of cities to spark conversation

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The 'Diverging Diamond' Interchange Is an Abomination

A "recovering" engineer tears apart the latest "complete streets" design trend

Andre Langenus

Crazy for Containers

Shipping container designs have become so ubiquitous they've merited their own exhibition

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A Glimpse of Nature, Via Downtown Billboards

A photo project in Los Angeles and Philadelphia implants images of nature on urban billboards and buildings

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Temporary City, Population 3 Million

Pilgrims converge on Mecca for the Hajj, and fill its massive tent city

Beth Zeigler

What to Do With a Glut of Reusable Bags

One woman's quest to give away all the extra grocery bags she's collected

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Big Neighborhood Drama Over Big Blue Sculpture

Chicagoans question legality of a front-yard sculpture's size, reach, and look

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'One Millionth Tower': A Virtual Document of Highrise Life

More than a billion people live highrises, but many are now falling into disrepair. A new interactive film project looks at how residents can work together to improve them

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1930s Film on Building the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge

Ever wonder what it took to build the Bay Bridge? This 1936 film produced by U.S. Steel celebrates the engineering of the structure

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America's Best New Parks

By mixing fresh design with a variety of uses, these spaces represent the future of city parks

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Why I Love My City: Azadeh Moaveni on Tehran

Despite its reputation, Iran's capital city holds secret charms

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Atlanta Beltline: the Best Sustainabilty Project in America?

The plan offers an innovative vision for combining parks and transit

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Engineering the iPod of Thermostats

Former Apple designers tackle one of the most frustrating household gadgets of all

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How NYC Fast Food Chains Are Doing Since the Recession

Which chains are expanding, and which have the most stores?

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Street Art Finds a Home in Tel Aviv

A wildly popular museum show has made stars of the Israeli city's prolific street artists

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How New York City Sold Public Housing in the 1930s

Original New York City Housing Authority posters pitch the projects as the 'solution to infant mortality'

In Australia, a National Plan for Urban Planning

In a heady new report, the country outlines its vision for how cities should be