Design

Justin Choy

Brilliant Invention of the Day: A Portable Rail Handle For Shorter Public Transit Riders

It's probably also more hygienic. 

Siraj Datoo

Meet the Man Who Builds Things on Water, From Slum Schools to $14 Million Villas

To Koen Olthuis, water is just the place where you put foundations.

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What Do Sneakers on Telephone Wires Really Mean?

A video explores urban legends from around the world.

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The World's Most Over-the-Top Shopping Mall Ads

Emerging economies promote their new shopping centers with ambitious, strange commercials.

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Science Explains Why It's So Easy to Hate 'Painter of Light' Thomas Kinkade

Inside a team of researchers' quest to see what happens to people when they're exposed repeatedly to Kinkade's saccharine artworks.

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Inside This French City, There's a Littler City Where the People Are 3 Inches Tall

It's full of grumpy-looking businessmen and bombed-out buildings.

Skyline Chess

Game of the Day: The London Skyline, Reimagined as Chess Pieces

The Queen is The Shard, a rook is Big Ben, and so on.

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Aga Khan Trust

New Delhi's Urban Megapark Will Be 50 Percent Larger Than Central Park

A first glimpse at the new plan.

Reuters

Why Are Some States Trying to Ban LEED Green Building Standards?

As the certification grows more popular, industry opposition to it is ramping up.

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Flickr

Urbanism for Introverts: Why Cities Need Quiet Spaces

Why cities need quiet spaces.

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Animals May Evolve Bigger Brains to Handle City Life

A new study illustrates how species adapt when humans alter the environment.

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Why the Switch to Digital Projectors Means the End of the Small-Town Movie Theater

Hollywood's transition is leaving smaller, more isolated communities in the dark.

The 'World's First' 3-D Printed Skateboard Isn't Exactly That

In its defense, though, it looks awesomely terrifying.

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Architects Are Part of the Prison Industrial Complex, Too

They're the invisible actors in America's carceral play. Should morality play a larger role in their work? 

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The Guardian

Impressive Timelapse of the Day: A Multi-Story House Built in Just One Day

It's also fully insulated and hurricane-proof.

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Mike Hewson

Slipping Optical Illusions into Post-Earthquake Christchurch

With the power of trompe l'oeil, Mike Hewson tries to give hope to New Zealanders "surrounded by decay and uncertainty."

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Birthplace of the World's Shortest War

Stone Town, Zanzibar, experienced about 40 minutes of British bombardment in 1896.

Richey Piiparinen

A New Magazine Takes on Old Rust Belt Stereotypes

Belt wants to move beyond sad stories of deindustrialized America, written by and for outsiders.

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Dan Corson

Seattle's New Streetlights Are 40-Foot-Tall Singing Flowers

The immense plants live under the Space Needle and blast anybody passing underneath with a harmony of voices.