Design

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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.

Nathan Sharratt

You Can Only See This Amazing Invisible Graffiti When It Rains

 An innovative take on street art. 

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Why Our Kids Need Play, Now More Than Ever

Unstructured time allows children to develop creativity and empathy. But too often, it's missing from the schedule.

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JFK's Most Famous Terminal May Soon Be Transformed Into a Flashy Hotel

The Eero Saarinen-designed TWA Flight Center is finally, maybe, getting a second life.

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Could the City of Light Become the City of Height?

Paris has traditionally eschewed tall buildings, but a new wave of architects are looking to change that.

David Pace

Setting Your Store Apart in a City Where Few People Can Read

Burkina Faso has one of the lowest literacy rates in the world. Here's how vendors draw people into their architecturally repetitive kiosks.

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The Many Small Ways Americans Are Adapting to Climate Change

People are planting more trees, thinking carefully about coastal development, and anticipating the future of California's wineries.

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This Russian Library Just Hired a Stray Cat as Its Assistant Librarian

He's required to wear a bow tie, and gets paid in food.

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This Bizarre 1980s Atlanta Promo Video Celebrates ... Highways and Office Parks

It offers up strange collection of "urban amenities," including shopping malls, and "futuristic" buildings.

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You'll Hardly Recognize Dubai in This 1969 Flyover Film

This looks nothing like the glitzy metropolis we know now.

Patrick Blanc

The World's Tallest Vertical Garden Is Like a Niagara Falls of Plants

Parasitic vines and weeping shrubs cascade down the facade of a super-green, under-construction highrise in Sydney.