Design

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Mapping the Most Poop-Filled Waterways in New York

Here's where you really don't want to swim in the Big Apple.

Maps
Fogg Studio

Maps That You Can Hear and Touch

Scientists and architects are pioneering a new cartography for blind users.

The Future People

Designers Morph Bikes and Cars into Green Frankenvehicles

These human-powered jalopies invoke the fantastical vision of Buckminster Fuller.

Charles Platiau/Reuters

Can Architecture Unite a Divided Paris?

The curtain finally rises at the long-awaited, Jean Nouvel-designed venue—unfinished and with its architect protesting on opening night. Can it still fulfill high hopes?

CityFixer
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Just Because You Can't Find a Place to Park Doesn't Mean There Aren't Way Too Many Parking Spots

A new analysis of 27 mixed-use areas finds that parking in U.S. metro areas is, on average, oversupplied by 65 percent.

Flickr/Daniel Lobo

Investing in NASCAR: What Could Go Wrong?

Charlotte's NASCAR Hall of Fame crashed hard. As the city preps for an $18 million debt-forgiveness vote, homeowners wonder where their bailouts are.

Maps
Diane Goes for You

Meet the Explorer Solving the Mysteries of Google Maps

A French multimedia artist invites your web-map queries with the promise to (eventually) provide a real-world answer.

Martien Mulder

The 'Producer' of High-Art, High-End Miami

Craig Robins has helped make Miami's Design District a magnet for cutting-edge architecture and luxury retail.

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Portland's Messy Breakup With Its Airport Carpet

Is it turquoise? Is it teal? Whichever it is, Portlanders have strong feelings about PDX's beloved—and soon-to-go—carpet.

City of Gainesville

Why One Florida City Reversed Its Road Diet

As Gainesville returns bike lanes to cars, the decision reflects a broader debate over removing traffic lanes.

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Cynthia Connolly

An Artist Finds a Little Bit of Los Angeles Everywhere

Photographer Cynthia Connolly captures the faded glamor of the city's rooftop signage—even in Virginia, New York, and D.C.

Joel Sternfeld/Courtesy of Melinda Hunt

Finding the Stories of NYC's Unclaimed Dead

An interactive project is building a community around the thousands buried in the city's inaccessible Hart Island cemetery.

Will Shoes One Day Generate Renewable Energy?

These insoles would let wearers produce electricity and feed it into the grid.

Videos
YouTube/NFB

How to Build an Igloo

The National Film Board of Canada digs up an old video that makes the current wintry East Coast weather seem downright tropical.

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Meet the Man Trying to Fix L.A.'s Zoning

Tom Rothmann is charged with streamlining a crazy-quilt zoning code that dates back to 1946. It won't be easy.

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Morfai

A Giant, Fake Moon Rises in an Abandoned Lithuanian Building

Residents of Kaunas are seeing double due to a local artist's surreal astronomical illusion.

PLOS One

What Makes Nature Look Natural?

Understanding the visual elements that scan as "natural" could mean better design for built environments.

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India's Government Will Now 'Check and Verify the Use of Toilets'

It's an unprecedented plan aimed at eliminating open defecation across the country. Could it work?

Ryan Lenora Brown

How Johannesburg's Most Neglected Buildings Ended Up Splashed With Pink Paint

A group of artists hoped to spark a debate about housing, architectural preservation, and history. But did they cross the line from protest to vandalism?