Design

Gareth Humphreys

The Toilet of the Future Folds Up Like a Cute Snail

The low-flow fixture curls into itself like a frightened gastropod.

Zato Novo

Watch Your Name Grow and Shrink in Popularity Across the U.S.

Tracking the spread of 29,000 baby names over the past century.

Reuters

Planes, Delivered By Trains

Watching Boeing 737s pass via rail is part of daily life in Renton, Washington.

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This Clever New Street Art Gently Mocks Social Media Addicts

This is how you feel when nobody likes your selfie.

Associated Press

A Pre-Revolution Hotel Comes Back to Life in Havana

A famous mob hangout in the '50s gets a government-sanctioned renovation for the sake of tourism.

T°RED

A Futuristic Approach to Adding Solar Power to Public Space

In the form of a giant, glowing cube.

Gus Petro

London's Architectural Icons, Transported to the Cliffs of Portugal

These blended photographs show us what a crazy building boom along the sleepy, southwest corner of Europe might look like.

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Visit a Crumbling, Soviet-Era Floating 'Oil City'

Despite broken bridges and submerged apartments, the Neft Dashlari oil platform remains inhabited to this day.

Reuters

The Soviet Monument Bulgarians Keep Using as a Canvas For Political Art

The most recent act, a nod to anti-government protesters in Kiev, has drawn the ire of Russian officials. Again.

Intricate Dioramas of Some of the World's Most Famous Skylines

Reconstructing the landscapes in amazing, large-scale detail.

Reuters

Belgium's Africa Museum Tries to Shed Its Colonial Past

With a $90 million renovation, officials hope to add fresh context to the century-old museum.

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How to Make Crosswalks Artistically Delightful

Paint them with fish, skeletons, and optical illusions, as is the M.O. of urban trickster Roadsworth.

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18th Century Paintings of London, Remixed With Google Street View

Time travel with art.

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Remembering the Early Years of the Minneapolis Metrodome's Questionable Roof

The sports stadium, which is currently being demolished, had a rough start.

James Powers

Great Urbanism, Bad Architecture: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A round-up of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.

Associated Press

The Chicago Spire May Actually Get Built After All

Construction of the tallest tower in the western hemisphere ground to a halt in 2008. But it may be back on track, thanks to a new deal.

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A Fearlessly Crass Send-Off to a 650-Foot Smokestack

See if you can spot what went wrong in the media coverage of this Australian demolition.

POSH Stow and Go

How Much Would You Pay to Use a Luxury Bathroom in the Middle of Manhattan?

Soundproof toilets, baby changing stations, and showers, all cleaned by staff after each use.

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The Surprising Second Life of a Show Only Insomniacs Watched in 1980s Toronto

Perhaps you, too, remember Night Moves?