Design

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Why an Ambitious, Fanciful 'Linear City' Failed

A Le Corbusier-inspired idea for a city that organized transit and architecture around "functional delineation" was never realized.

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Japan Now Has a Traffic Signal Shaped Like Astro Boy

But can it aerate jaywalkers with retractable butt guns?

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Why You Keep Seeing Plans for Off-Shore Parks

Building over-water park infrastructure is one approach for dense cities. But are these parks a flashy design fad or a real urban solution?

Anthony Flint

Ushering in an Era of Concrete Destruction

Cities spend big money to retrofit and modernize landscapes built with the world’s most popular construction material—even as others go right on pouring it.

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Cleaning Up Urban Waterways With Manmade Islands

The brains behind Scotland's Biomatrix Water use flotillas of plants to filter polluted water and soften concrete riverbanks.

Norway's New Passports Are Designed to Make Every Other Country Feel Inferior

The travel documents come on the heels of those super-cool new banknotes, too.

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Expanding a Kid's Ideas About 'Home'

Four households around the world reveal unique yet familiar domestic experiences in an immersive new app.

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Portland Musicians Turned This Van Into a Community Basketball Hoop

Meet the real 'Trail Blazers' in Portland's b-ball scene.

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Declining Walkability Plays a Big Role in China's Obesity Problem

But it's the middle class, not the poor who may pay the biggest price.  

Reuters/Stephen Hird

For the First Time in 24 Years, a Chance to Advertise in London's Piccadilly Circus

The prime spot among the famous lights is now available at $6.3 million a year.

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The Indigenous Art Behind the Seahawks' Helmet

A 19th-century "transformation mask" from Vancouver Island, British Columbia, inspired the team's logo. A new exhibit explores the history and significance of the piece.

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Uncovering a Lost Design Legacy in a City Starved For Art

Modesto, California, was once ranked the nation's least livable city. That spurred one man to uncover its forgotten contributions to 20th-century architectural history.

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Why Gas-Station Restaurants Are Great for Suburbs

A new crop of restaurants in gas stations, like Seoul Food D.C., will help suburbs grow into more authentic urban places.

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Damien Hirst Plays With Scalpels in His New Cityscape Works

The infamous English artist collages blades, pins, and needles to render aerial images of cities around the world.

Studio Roosegaarde

This Dutch City Built a Glowing 'Van Gogh' Bike Path for Psychedelic Cyclists

The luminescent path is modeled after the painter's "The Starry Night."

AP Photo/Matt Dunham

Arts Advocates Are Mad That a German Casino Sold Its Warhols

A state-owned gaming facility in Aachen got rid of its two paintings by the Pop Art icon to partly fund a new casino. Could this set a dangerous precedent for publicly owned art?

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There's Nothing to Fear From New York's Next Skyscraper Boom

Except for people afraid of heights, no one has any reason to worry about the coming wave of new towers.

Dan Glass

Risking Life, Limb, and Waterborne Parasites for 'Trespass Theater'

A true tale featuring secret meeting spots, cops, a knapsack full of iPhones, and a live performance that floated down New York's Gowanus Canal.

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Chicago Has More 'Avenues,' While San Francisco Prefers 'Terraces'

An analysis of roadway suffixes in six major U.S. cities reveals differences rooted in history.