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How Melbourne Is Selling Commercial Property Owners on Green Retrofits

The city's 1,200 Buildings program has been cited as a model. 

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Yup, Here Are Some Amazing Shots of Surfing Dogs

Glorious snapshots from the annual competition in Southern California.

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Nighttime Revelers in Paris Get Shushed By a Bunch of Silent Clowns

It doesn't get much more French than this.

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Understanding Nairobi's Shopping Mall Siege: Best #Cityreads of the Week

Our weekly roundup of the most intriguing articles about cities and urbanism we've come across in the past seven days.

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Now You Can Rent a Backyard Chicken

It's a starter kit, of sorts, for aspiring urban farmers. 

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Spend the Night in a Vintage Camping Caravan Jammed in an Old German Warehouse

Choose between sleeping in a Pullman coach or an Airstream trailer.

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Why It's So Hard to Storm-Proof an Apartment Building

There are a huge number of physical, financial, and political obstacles.

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Let's Turn More Empty Lots Into Mini-Golf Courses

Faced with a glut of empty eyesores, Amsterdam rolls out the sod for free public golfing.

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These 324 Mirrors Create Amazing, Endlessly New Views of Sydney

It’s completely sublime.  

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The Unsexy Forefathers of London's Trendy Food Trucks

A photo tour of Britain's quirky roadside cafes.

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Inside the World's First Inflatable Concert Hall

It inflates in 2 hours and seats 500 people. 

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London's Confusing 'Endless Stair' Would Make M.C. Escher Proud

A public sculpture outside the Tate Modern plays screwy games with people's sense of perspective.

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Anatomy of a Public Space

Studying the role of shadow, sound, seating and more on Philadelphia's The Porch.

A CSA Where the 'A' Stands for Art

Brooklyn CSA+D connects people interested in collecting art at a reasonable price point with artists who want their work to find a home.

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Is the Internet's Appetite for Sexy Renderings Hurting Architecture?

Photorealistic design plans may help hype individual projects, but reality doesn't always deliver.

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'Playboy' May Have Just Cost Texas Some Amazing Public Art

An illegal roadside ad disguised as art may force the Texas DOT to tear down the famous Prada Marfa as well.

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How D.C. Became a Theater Boom Town

The city's largest theaters are thriving. But does success come at a cost?

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Watch People Play a 'Living Piano,' Powered by Opera Singers

Step to make performers belt their notes—just not for too long. 

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Yup, Miley Cyrus Basically Ruined This University's Wrecking Ball Sculpture

Because college kids are dumb.