Design

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This Brutalist Apartment Building Encapsulates the Story of Apartheid

Ponte Tower began as a haven for Johannesburg's white elites. but fell into disrepair when they began to flee the city.

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The Sochi Olympic Torch Was Just Launched Into Space

It's the longest torch relay in history.

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Beijing Prepares to Wow the World With Its 'Big Penis' Building

The headquarters of the Communist Party's official newspaper is getting a golden coating in preparation for its debut.

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SimCity's Turn Toward a Dark, Dystopic Vision of Our Urban Future

It's impossible to miss the socioeconomic and political commentary embedded within Cities of Tomorrow.

Aaron Cassara

The Best City for the Next Generation of Artists Just Might Be Jackson

"When someone moves here, everyone reaches out."

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A Look Back at Cleveland's Most Traumatizing Sports Memory

Before the LeBron debacle, there was Art Modell's press conference on November 6, 1995.

Aaron Cassara

The Passion of Young Cleveland

"I absolutely love Cleveland … and I want to make sure I’m doing my part to make it better."

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A Quintessentially Canadian Idea for Winter Smartphone Use

Stay warm without giving up your phone.

Bobby Fisher

A Love Letter to L.A., From Its Street-Food King

Roy Choi invented the Korean taco craze. In his new cookbook, he takes readers on a wild tour of Los Angeles culinary offerings.

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Training the Next Generation of Bullfighters ... in France

Kids take on fake bulls and real calves in Nimes. 

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The World's Messiest 5K Race

Themed for-profit road races like the Color Run are proving to be a challenge for many cities to manage.

Awesome Art Made From Recycled Skateboards

Tokyo artist Haroshi makes wildly colorful art from hundreds of stacked skateboard decks.

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Epic Photos of the World's Largest Ball Pit

Swimming in a million pink and green balls.

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This Cafe Has Brilliantly Disguised Its 'B' Health Inspection Rating

Embarrassed by the lackluster score posted on your front window? Just add a 'R-U-N-C-H'!

Bhavna Patel

A Verse to Go, Please: Street Poets and the Lives They Touch

On-demand poetry elevates curbside artists to messengers of clarity, wisdom, and solace.

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Even Singapore's Road Blocks Got Adorably Dressed Up for Halloween

Invasion of the Minions from Despicable Me.

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Hollywood's Greatest Hauntings, in One Horror-Filled Map

A spooky look at the geography of more than 200 top-rated scary movies.

The Electric Bicycle of the Future Looks a Lot Like One From the 1800s

The Germans have dragged the velocipede into the modern age of plastics, and it actually looks quite rideable.

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Now You Can Rent a Bauhaus Dorm Room For $50 a Night

The interior design is, as expected, wonderfully minimalist.