Design

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South Africa's Risk-Loving Train Surfers

A stunning short film finds out why young men in the city of Kathlehong jump on moving rail cars despite the obvious, and potentially fatal, danger.

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A Really Bad Idea to Get Traffic Moving Faster

A hacked traffic light honks at drivers the instant the signal turns green.

A Brief, and Disgusting, History of 'Ratzillas'

An uber-rodent recently found in a Swedish kitchen is not the first humongous rat to horrify the world.

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The Golden Gate Bridge May Finally Get a Suicide Barrier

The decision comes after a year with the highest number of suicides since the late '60s.

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Roy's People

The Hunt for London's (Really) Little People

An artist making humorous miniature scenes is transforming the city into Lilliput.

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Is Your City's Street Grid Really a Grid?

This intriguing new visual maps the symmetry of urban layouts.

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Rio's Relentless Beach Pollution

Nearly 70 percent of the city's sewage spills, untreated, into the Atlantic Ocean and Guanabara Bay.

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Starbucks

The Digital Tip Trap

Cashless payments are great, but not if they nudge us toward paying more than we meant to.

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Baseball Is Coming Back to Montreal, for a Weekend

The much-maligned Olympic Stadium will host two exhibition games, but don't expect the city to get a new team.

Street Eraser

New Photoshop-Inspired Street Art Is 'Erasing' London

Blending the digital world with the analog.

Reuters

On the Set in Nollywood

One photographer's behind-the-scenes look inside this gigantic, high-volume film industry.

An Illustrated History of All the Ways Urban Environments Can Control Us

War of Streets and Houses explores how a city can simultaneously foster and crush social change.

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The Story of San Francisco's Old School 'Jacket Club' Gangs

A 1961 documentary about the non-profit group that got kids off the street.

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The Fascinating Remains of Rochester's 'Subway'

The city still hasn't figured out what to do with an exposed 1.5 mile tunnel in the heart of downtown.

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42 Years of New York City Street Photography

Artist Flo Fox describes her life creating gritty, clever, and often raunchy images.

Jillian Tackaberry

A Fashionable Waterproof Cycling Shoe

An elegantly convenient solution to soggy commutes. 

Florence's New Logo: Crowdsourced Design That's Bad for Design

The Italian city held an open contest to rebrand itself—with mediocre results.

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How New York Is Building an Entire Neighborhood on Top of a Rail Yard

Hudson Yards, a 26-acre space with 17 million square feet of buildings, will be suspended over 30 active train tracks.

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A €1 Billion Construction Site Famous for Its Graffiti

The street art surrounding Frankfurt's nearly-finished European Central Bank headquarters is an international draw.