Design

Making Cities More Bird-Friendly With Nesting Bricks

Aaron Dunkerton wants to aid Britain's threatened sparrows by sheltering them in the fabric of urban architecture.

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Disneyland's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad First Day

On the anniversary of its opening, a look back at what Walt Disney called "Black Sunday."

Kaid Benfield

Streets Can Be Public Spaces Too

A street shouldn't just be about transportation, but also about civic definition and social and commercial interaction.

Photos

A Museum Show of Broken Umbrellas and Old Coffee Cups

A new exhibition transforms the "utterly ordinary" parts of New York City life into urban icons.

Mark Byrnes

Baseball's Oddest Season

A look back at the peculiar personalities of the short-lived 1890 Players' League.

Maps

What Happens When Everyone Makes Maps?

OpenStreetMap and other free, online tools have allowed anyone to become a cartographer.

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Nuns, Cows, and Ridiculous Costumes: Beautiful, Strange Scenes From the Tour de France

Oddball fans, striking landscapes and other pictures from this year's race.

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Gus Petro

This Is What It Would Look Like If You Dropped Manhattan Into the Grand Canyon

Whoa.

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Mathieu Tremblin

This Is Not a Watermark: Meet French Street Artist Mathieu Tremblin

A look into the mind of the often subtle urban interventionist. 

Jeabyun Yeon/Electrolux

How Design Students See Gadgets Grappling With the Future of Urban Pollution

Breathing walls, noise-to-music converters, and more.

Los Angeles Man's Chandelier Tree Is a 'Magical Playground'

Circus worker Adam Tenenbaum's front yard has become a neighborhood gathering place due to one really weird art tree.

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The Mystery That Haunts a Brooklyn Bar: 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.

Reuters

What the World's Most Oppressive Walls Look Like on Berlin's Old One

A new photography project captures barriers in Baghdad, Korea, Israel and Belfast.

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Reuters

When Is a Giant Inflatable Duck Not a Giant Inflatable Duck?

Counterfeit copies of Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman's massive sculpture are popping up across China.

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The Latest Scourge Afflicting Our Parks: Outdoor Yoga Classes?

Denver and Santa Monica are cracking down on fitness classes in public spaces.

Yariv Goldfarb

Let's Just Pretend This Doesn't Exist: 3D Printed Poop

Credit an Israeli designer for giving Tel Aviv its most revolting art project, ever.

Videos
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Flying Machine of the Day: An Airborne Bike for About the Cost of a Small Car

Don't get too excited — this prototype technically won't let you sail above your morning commute. 

5 Landmarks That Could Soon Be Swallowed by Rising Seas

Among them: postcard-perfect lighthouses, parks, and seaside city blocks.

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Christopher Farber

Sukkah City: Revisiting the Crazy, High-Concept, Temporary Jewish Huts of NYC

The largest non-Orthodox, non-Israel centered public expression of Jewish life in the history of New York.