Design

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Visiting Stalin's Sochi Retreat

The former Soviet dictator loved vacationing in the coastal resort town. 

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Sochi's Media Village Isn't Ready Yet

Days from the opening ceremonies, constructions crews are still at work on hotels, shops, and sidewalks.

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This Brooklyn Restaurant Goes All Out for Valentine's Day With a Beyoncé-Themed Menu

How about some Jay-ziti?

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Chinese Tourists Increasingly Love Antarctica

But Americans still predominate.

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Lessons From Ancient Cities: Best #Cityreads of the Week

Our weekly roundup of the most intriguing articles about cities and urbanism we've come across in the past seven days.

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The World's First Dog-Sled Taxi Service Just Launched in Norway

Luxury Arctic tourism.

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Smoking Really Is Nearly Inescapable in China

Portraits of cigarette users in hospitals, washing windows, and in front of 'No Smoking' signs.

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How Cities Keep People Out

A short history of barricade design.

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Detroit Museum Pledges $100 Million to Save Its Art Collection

It'll give the money to the city, to pay pensions.

Mexico's Olympic 'Ski Team' Is One Guy in a Mariachi Suit

Examining the historical wardrobe choices of the nutty Mexican skier Hubertus von Hohenlohe.

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In Mexico, a City's Scar Becomes its Most Prized Park

A case study in urban renewal.

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Yup, Now You Can Drive a Grown-Up Version of the 'Cozy Coupe' Toy Car

Childhood fun for adults. 

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Footage of the Beatles's Last Show, on Its 45th Anniversary

Performed on a London rooftop.

Neoscape

Why the Real Estate Industry Is Interested in Drones, Too

They're quickly changing the art of visualizing buildings.

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A Poignant Love Letter to New York's Chewed Sidewalk Gum

An artist pays respect to the victims of the Japanese tsunami with cute, heart-shaped gum wads.

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Chicago's Trendiest New Lunch Option Comes Out of a Vending Machine

Farmer's Fridge sells fresh, swanky salads out of recyclable jars.

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The World's First Porsche Was Just Discovered in a Shed in Austria

It ran on over 1,000 pounds of battery. 

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This Year's Super Bowl Has a Particularly Embarrassing Neighbor

Chris Christie described it as "the ugliest damn building" in the state, "and maybe America."

Maps

Famous Subway Maps, Reimagined as Vintage Super Mario Brothers Games

Yup, it's all there, from the 8-bit landscapes of toadstools and Koopa Troopas to Peach's Castle.