Design

Ronin Motorworks

A Fearsome Bike Fit for the Dark Knight

This aggressive, jet-black motorcycle was inspired by the Japanese legend of the 47 ronin.

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Scenepast

A Postcard App With a Historical Twist

ScenePast lets you send a note with a classic 20th century streetscape from your mobile device. But it's also got an addictive second feature.

Associated Press/Francois Mori

The Eiffel Tower: Now With More Vertigo

Paris' greatest tourist draw gets a new, heart-stopping feature.

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London Gets Flooded With Eerie, Disembodied Chickens

No, there's not a serial killer targeting poultry.

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Why Can't Transportation Mega-Projects Be Both Beautiful and Practical?

In New York City's $4 billion PATH Hub, form overtakes function.

MVRDV

Dutch Designers Just Made Your Market Look Sorry

A clever combined market and apartment project navigates strict Dutch laws for food and housing.

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Why 12-Foot Traffic Lanes Are Disastrous for Safety and Must Be Replaced Now

Let's make "10 not 12!" a new mantra for saving our cities and towns.

Maps

An Addictive Tool Tracks the Explosive Expansion of the World's Megacities

Examining swelling urban borders over the past 100 years.

Paul Budnitz

Here's Why Ello Will Work

The founder of the latest social-media craze shares how design will distinguish Ello—and make it a success.

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Nature Flourishes in Our Cities' Vacant Lots: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

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Reuters/Suzanne Plunkett

A Tour of Britain's Endearing, Semi-Detached Homes

Built between World Wars I and II, the style remains synonymous with suburban culture in the U.K. today.

What Public Signage Needs Is More Punching Bags

An intervention in Paris asks people to treat public spaces as private gyms.

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Tami Heilemann/Department of Interior

The National Mall's Newest Portrait May Best Be Viewed From Space

Using satellite imagery and mass-agriculture technology, artist Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada has created a six-acre portrait visible from orbit.

Richard Vogel/AP

Think Globally, Drink Water Locally

L.A. and other desert cities exist by importing vast quantities of water, but Peter and Hadley Arnold of the Arid Lands Institute have a different idea.

Dan Glass

A Complete Guide to the Future of U.S. Freight Movement

The future holds more and more stuff to be transported—and infrastructure will have to change drastically to accommodate our appetites.

Alexander Balchin

A Movable Skyscraper to Filter China's Nasty Air

This futuristic tower aims to use solar power to eliminate air pollution.

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John Metcalfe

The Bay Area Graffiti Paradise Built on an Island of Garbage

The Albany Bulb was allegedly colonized by homeless sailors who covered it with strange art.

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Reuters/Gonzalo Fuentes

Karl Lagerfeld Takes the Fight for Feminism to Paris' Streets

Actually, the fashion designer used the cause to turn the Grand Palais yesterday into a "demonstration" for Paris Fashion Week.

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Building 'Imaginary Cities'

An upcoming book shows that the architecture of fantasy isn't so far from reality.