Design

San Francisco's Drug Needle-Covered Dirt Becomes Artistic Dishware

These kitchen bowls were made from soil beneath the city's notoriously nasty Tenderloin neighborhood.

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Pet Chickens Can Now Safely Cross the Road With These Amazing Reflective Vests

Protect your favorite urban bird.

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A Fascinating Taxonomy of Food Delivery Diners

An unscientific breakdown of the many kinds of take-out eaters.

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The NYPD Finally Bested Banksy

On day 23 of his month-long graffiti spree, the heat finally convinced Banksy to stay home. 

Peter Alexander

L.A's Sprawling Modernism, and the Places That Came Before

A new exhibit explores how the mid-20th century fundamentally changed the face of Los Angeles.

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In Terms of Political Protest, It Doesn't Get Much Ruder Than a Big Middle Finger

Czech artist David Cerny erected this massive one-fingered salute in front of his country's presidential palace.

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Athens, Georgia, Tries To Save Some of Its R.E.M. History

The church where the band played their first show is hardly standing, but renovation costs are steep.

Sergey Novikov

Russia's Disappearing Movie Theaters

"We are losing lovely buildings, district cultural centers, and probably the perception of cinema as art."

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Just in Time for Halloween: An Abandoned 'Zombie Car' Strangled by Thorny Ivy

Talk about going green.

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Could an 'Electronic Vacuum Cleaner' Suck Up Beijing's Smog?

A Dutch designer's innovative proposal for the pollution-ridden city.

A Fascinating Glimpse of Daily Life in Mogadishu

A photo essay from Somalia's once war-torn capital.

The Strange Floating Garbage Piles of Artist Masakatsu Sashie

If Magneto decided to attend art school, here's what he might produce: Huge levitating balls of rusty trash and city infrastructure.

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Steve Jobs: The Starchitect of Cupertino

Ultimately, Apple's spaceship campus will be a legacy.

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New York's 1964 World's Fair Was Actually Something of a Failure

Never officially certified, the Fair ended up as a tribute to American corporations more than its official theme of "peace through understanding." It was still pretty cool.

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This Adorable Performance Space Folds Up Like an Origami House

York, Alabama, created a cottage that can quickly expand for outdoor shows and concerts.

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Just How Much Neighborhood Transformation Can You Get From an Art Project?

Haas and Hahn's next large-scale painting project will tackle the entire Rio de Janeiro favela of Vila Cruzeiro.

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Wanna Spend a Night in Philip Johnson's Glass House? It'll Cost You $30,000

A "gift" sold in the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book, because of course.

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How Augusta Got Locals to Care About City Planning

The Georgian city has a bold new strategy to resurrect its fading downtown, and it was crafted with the help of regular people.

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Beijing's Amusingly Phallic New Skyscraper

The new headquarters of the People's Daily is only the latest example of the capital's unusual architecture.