Design

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Why Barcelona Is Giving Special Preservation Status to 228 Historic Stores

These businesses have survived this far, but they're fragile.

Courtesy Jonathan Maus

A Private Tour of Portland's Forthcoming Car-Free Bridge

Tilikum Crossing, which will allow buses, bikes, walkers, and light rail but not private cars, will open in September.

More Subway Stations Should Have Lawns

How to transform the Paris Metro into pastureland in a couple easy steps.

OMA

How London's Latest Fancy Bridge Contest Got Punked

A rejected design by Dutch firm OMA was never a serious proposal—it was a protest.

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Tackling Philly's Segregation Problem With Park Designs

Five projects are trying to transform public spaces and bring city residents together.

Skipping Rocks Lab

This Futuristic Water Bottle Is an Edible, Gelatinous Blob

The Ooho! orbs are meant to reduce carbon emissions and plastics pollution.

Cao Fei

This Hong Kong Skyscraper Became a Giant Atari

Sounds fun, but do we really want tourism-spectacle work from world-class artists?

OMA

Why Louisville Is Betting Big on a Massive Food Wonderland

The city's planned FoodPort is part of a trend toward mixed-use food hubs.

Flickr Creative Commons/Phil Beard

Le Corbusier and the Biology of Beauty in Design

At the Venice Bienniale, an exhibit furthers the notion of an evolutionary single standard for what we find visually appealing.

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Watch a Utah Construction Crew Demolish a Bridge in 32 Seconds

Also, watch the Michigan Department of Transportation “slide” a new bridge into place.

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A Proposal For New Orleans: Save a Skyscraper, Get a Gondola Roller Coaster

Developers hoping to save an Edward Durell Stone tower want to build a "tribute" tourist trap next door.

AP Photo/Mike Derer

Ikea Is No Place for Hide and Seek

It's all fun and games until someone's actually trapped in the closet.

Eagle Hills

A Flashy, Mysterious Plan for Belgrade's Waterfront

Investors from the United Arab Emirates appear set to give Serbia's capital a Dubai-style makeover. But tons of questions remain unanswered.

Stephan Brander

A 'Building of Awe' With an Uncertain Future

Time is running out for the Paul Rudolph-designed Orange County Government Center in Goshen, New York.

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Remembering Michael Graves for More Than the Portland Building

While the Portland Building may be his best known accomplishment, the architect should be remembered for his contributions to humanitarian design.

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Moscow Reconnects With Its River

Much of Moscow's riverfront is a concrete barrier of roads, parking and industrial sites. Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has big plans to make it green.

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BRIC

Brooklyn, All Over the Maps

A new exhibition explores the borough's complexities by juxtaposing new artworks and historic maps.

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The Complete Business Case for Converting Street Parking Into Bike Lanes

An annotated, chart-filled review of 12 studies from around the world.

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Can You Spot the New Street Art in the Space Station?

After a long journey, a famed urban artist gets his work launched into orbit.