Design

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A Block-by-Block Map of Brooklyn, in Garbage

No, Jennifer Maravillas is not crazy. But she does walk the streets picking up interesting pieces of trash.

When Manhattan Was Mostly Hills and Shrubbery

In the 1830s, there was plenty of green space to go around in New York (and snakes).

Les Lalanne and Paul Kasmin Gallery

Manhattan Has a Gas Station That's Also an Art Gallery

For its inaugural exhibit, the Getty station in Chelsea will be filled with metal sheep.

Reuters

Watch One World Trade Center Grow From 0 to 1,776 Feet in 2 Minutes

A timelapse video shows Manhattan's tallest building emerge.

Flickr

How Gothic Architecture Took Over the American College Campus

Colleges look medieval partly because of envy, industrialism, and racism.

Reuters

The Quest for the Best Designs For a Post-Sandy World

Follow along as The Atlantic Cities reports on the results of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force's Rebuild By Design project.

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Herbert Baglione / Facebook

Frankfurt's Central Plaza Gets a Demonic Makeover

Artist Herbert Baglione is slowly covering the world in eerie wraith-creatures.

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Harry Enchin

What Early 1900s Torontonians Would Look Like on Today's Streets

One photographer merges old photographs of street life in Toronto with the same sites today.

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Randy Hage

The Secret Life of New York Storefronts, in Miniature

How Randy Hage creates dioramas of the city as it once was.

Reuters

How North Korea Throws Itself a Birthday Party

It looks exactly like you'd expect.

Rueters

Can Your Language Influence Your Spending, Eating, and Smoking Habits?

An absurd-sounding claim leads to a surprising finding.

UNStudio

Superlative of the Day: Japan Wants to Build the World's Tallest Ferris Wheel

It would be nearly twice the size of the London Eye.

Mohammed Salem/Reuters

Most of the World's Tallest Buildings Game the System With 'Vanity Height'

Is all that space actually a waste?

Paolo Venturella

A Solar Building That Twists and Turns to Face the Sun

A Roman concept building would eliminate one of the major problems of solar panels – immobility.

Reuters

Even New York's Projects Are Gentrifying: Best #Cityreads of the Week

Our weekly roundup of the most intriguing articles about cities and urbanism.

Brian Kidd

Portland Absurdity of the Day: Unicycler Plays Star Wars Theme On Flaming Bagpipes

Keep Portland weird, indeed.

James Wannerton/TfL

What Do London's Tube Stations Taste Like?

One man with synesthesia has mapped it out.

Reuters

You Can Train Humans to Be Good People

Heroism training, 101.

The Wacky Skyline of an Alternative-Universe San Francisco

A new exhibition in San Francisco envisions the Bay Bridge as a massive vertical farm and Treasure Island seeded with water-purifying "jellyfish houses."