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A Toast to John Shields, Who Made Every Trader Joe's Feel Like Home

As the West Coast chain went national in the '90s, the former CEO—who died recently at 82—went to great lengths to infuse local influence into each new store.

Anthony Flint

The Hazardous Business of Celebrating Le Corbusier

The pioneer of modern architecture inspired hundreds of drab downtowns and suburban corporate office parks. But he had many good ideas that are relevant to citybuilding today

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Your Romantic Nighttime Photos of the Eiffel Tower Violate Copyright Laws

A daytime photo is fine, but night shots are problematic since the light show is relatively new.

Patrick Coulie

An Etsy Co-Founder and His Wife Have Big Plans for Albuquerque

From a digital fabrication startup to green buildings, Jared and Laurie Tarbell are trying to make downtown a hotbed of innovation.

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This Guy Has a Rocket-Powered Bike, and You Don't

François Gissy broke his world record at 207 mph, and he's already hatching plans for a bike he calls the "Spine Crusher."

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What Architecture Is Doing to Your Brain

Looking at buildings designed for contemplation—like museums, churches, and libraries—may have positive, measurable effects on your mental state.

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Memorial Murals and the Erosion of Time: 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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The Lack of Equal Bathroom Access for Women Is a Global Design Flaw

It's a subtle form of discrimination, a health risk, and maybe a massive economic concern. The upcoming World Toilet Day 2014 is a call to action.

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A Brief History of City Branding Disasters

RIP Taylor Swift?

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The Berlin Wall Is Everywhere

A quarter century after its removal, sections of the infamous concrete barrier have found new homes all over the world.

Is This the Oldest-Ever 3D Map of Transit Ridership?

The Germans built it with colored wooden sticks around 1913.

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The Economic Case for a New Chicago Area Trail

Steve Buchtel pitched the 26-mile Cal-Sag Trail, which will stitch together disparate suburbs of Chicago, as offering benefits beyond recreation.

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The Netherlands Gets the World's First Solar-Powered Bike Lane

Leave it to the Dutch to make cycling even greener.

15 Designs That Should Make You Worry About the Next Guggenheim Museum

The Guggenheim Foundation is going all out with its competition for the Guggenheim Helsinki. And that's a problem.

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Watch the World's Fastest Elevators Ascend the World's Tallest Buildings

The Burj Khalifa's elevator dawdles compared to one coming to Guangzhou's CTF in 2016.

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A Map of San Francisco, After a Catastrophic Rise in Sea Levels

Imagining the bustling nautical society of the Bay Area archipelago.

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Rare Maps Show Life in Hong Kong's Vice-Filled 'Walled City'

The infamous, secret city was a hotbed of temptation and violence that most refused to enter—even after the walls came down.

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Thailand's Sky Lanterns Are Beautiful, But Incredibly Dangerous For Airplanes

The Loi Krathong holiday could turn deadly if paper lanterns lit with fuel get sucked into jet engines.

Adam Torok

A Scooter That Folds Up Into a Belt

The only thing you have to worry about is riding with your pants falling down.