Design

Debra Bruno

The Strange Case of Datong, China's Half-Finished Faux 'Ancient' City

An ambitious former mayor started gutting the historic city center and replacing it with replicas. Then he left town. 

NOAA

The World Cup's Balls, If Flattened, Are Psychedelic Art

When laid out in two dimensions like world maps, these soccer ball patterns become seriously groovy.

Érica Ramalho/Governo do Rio de Janeiro

A Brief History of Brazil's Most Treasured World Cup Stadium

Estádio do Maracanã, unlike some other stadiums around Brazil, is currently problem-free. But that wasn't always the case. 

Andrew Seaman/Flickr

Five Letters Are Driving Chicago Out of Its Mind

If Chicago sees Donald Trump as a threat, does that mean it takes its architecture too seriously?

Belatchew Arkitekter

A Bold Architectural Proposal to Get People to Eat Bugs

Stockholm designers want to get everybody eating crickets from giant "vermin farms" by 2018.

CoeLux

A Lighting System That Imitates Daylight, Sun and Sky Included

An exhibit at the Venice Architecture Biennale demonstrates visionary technology that recreates the clear blue sky.

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Reuters

The Many Goal Posts of Brazil

Serene photographs that remind us Brazil still loves soccer as much as it hates the politics behind their World Cup.

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How Urban Design Could Help Reduce Rape in India

Delhi's avoidance of mixed-use development patterns isn't helping matters. 

From Europe, a Beautifully Simple Concept for a Kick Scooter

The Pigeon folds with a foot press to carry on the shoulder like a lightweight rifle.

London Now Has a Robot Sculpture You Can Sleep In

For only $4,200, you too can pretend to be eaten by the Iron Giant.

A. Strakey/Flickr

Can Anyone Save Brooklyn's Kentile Floors Sign? Should They?

This isn't the first fight to save a historic piece of advertising, and it won't be the last. 

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Mark Byrnes

A Visual Elegy for Buffalo's Pedestrian Mall

An art exhibit puts Main Street construction in context with the aspirations that built the car-free zone decades ago.

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Streetfilms

How Parking Lots Became the Scourge of American Downtowns

"It's very hard for people to realize ... but this is the result of planning."

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Goran Sebelic/Skira

In Croatia, Old Shipyard Cranes Become Glowing Sculptures

The city of Pula puts a permanent spotlight on its industrial heritage.

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Mark Byrnes

A Parking Garage That Makes You Want to Keep Hunting for a Space

In Detroit, park your car in 'The Z' and you'll find yourself in a drive-thru art gallery.

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eCool

An 'Earth Cooler' Can Chill Your Beer Without Electricity

Denmark's eCool stores two-dozen cans four feet underground. 

Mack Male

How One City Forgot Who Was Changing the Light Bulbs

Inside Edmonton's pedways, you'll find a confounding mix of public, private, and semi-private space. 

Flickr user Steven Vance

Protected Bike Lanes Aren't Just Safer, They Can Also Increase Cycling

10 percent of new riders on recently constructed protected lanes switched from other modes.

Will Domes Cover Our Future Cities? Best #Cityreads of the Week

A round-up of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.