Design

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The Case for Prettier Staircases

Why health advocates are urging planners and architects to think more seriously about stairs.

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Bolivia's 'Spaceship Architecture' Showcases the New Wealth of Indigenous People

Freddy Mamani has found a way to bring traditional Andean and Tiwanaku cultures into an urban setting.

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One City's Trash Is Artistic Treasure

Inside the artist-in-residence program at the San Francisco dump.

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Why Are Londoners Texting with an Inanimate Signpost?

Some are even asking the (surprisingly jerkish) signpost for a date.

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When the Sidewalks Were Wider Than the Streets

Compare footage of New York's 23rd Street, shot by Thomas Edison in 1901, to today.

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The College of Lost Arts

A small college in Charleston, South Carolina, seeks to revive the centuries-old fine building trades.

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As More Cities Adopt 'Vision Zero,' a Grand Experiment Emerges on U.S. Streets

Seattle has joined a growing list of major American cities trying out the Swedish approach to reducing traffic deaths.

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The Social Science Behind Online Shareablity

A number of surprising factors could make images go viral on different social media platforms.

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London's Public Art Is Becoming Increasingly Surreal

A car rides an asphalt wave in the city's newest structure.

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This Tokyo Marathoner Will Wear a Tomato-Loaded Robo-Backpack

The wearable veggie-bot Tomatan will demonstrate how to fuel up on lycopene while on the go.

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The Next Generation of Complete Streets Is Unfolding in New Haven

The city's new approach puts an emphasis on fast, cheap, and lean designs.

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There's Something Suspicious About the 'New' Euro Note

Since when does currency show people fleeing buildings in terror?

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The Minimalist Art of Airport Runways

The most functional part of airport design gets turned into stark yet elegant art in a new poster series.

Anne Hamersky

How an Audio Booth Changed the Conversation Around a Major S.F. Redevelopment Project

The team reviving a former power plant in Bayview-Hunters Point partnered with StoryCorps, and the community response was pretty incredible.

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A Playground Made Entirely of Snow and Ice

Leave it to the Swedes to come up with a brilliant winter weather opportunity.

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Every Year There's a New Viral Video of This Japanese Bike-Parking Robot

It's not hard to see why people love it so much, though.

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The Case for Vertical Farming in Small-Town Wyoming

With harsh winters and a remote location, Jackson, Wyoming, has been unusually dependent on food trucked in from far away. Here's how one company hopes to change that.

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A Groovy Symbol Appears on a San Francisco Beach

The sandy masterpiece was made by an artist who does huge, intricate earthworks.

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Remembering America's Mall Maestro, Jon Jerde

America has lost a titan of design and planning. It's time that everyone learned his name.