Design

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.

Courtesy Allie Goldstein and Kirsten Howard

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.

George Zisiadis

This Sidewalk Art Installation Transforms Heartbeats Into Music

And helps local officials understand public space.

Michael Linnik

This Robot Army Is Obsessed With Random Acts of Kindness

Rather than kill people, 100 child-sized "Lovebots" are highlighting good deeds done by community members in Toronto.

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GDS Architects

How to Make a 1,476-Foot Tall Tower Disappear

A high-tech camouflage system will allow Seoul's City Tower to seamlessly blend in with its background.

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An Awesome Floating Lantern, Made From 7,000 Plastic Bottles

The recyclable orb will float in a pool in Hong Kong and will mimic the phases of the moon.

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There's a Clown Terrorizing a British Town

The poor residents of Northampton, England, are living in a nightmare scenario straight out of a Stephen King novel right now.

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The Ridiculous Mistakes Artists Make When They Try to Draw the U.S. From Memory

Cy Twombly left out New Mexico "because otherwise the map would look like underpants."

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Jonathan Trappe

Area Man Attempts to Cross the Atlantic Using Nothing but Helium Balloons

A real-life Up, aided by weather-tracking software and documented on Facebook.

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Kristian Buus/Greenpeace

Massive Puppet of the Day: A Polar Bear the Size of a Double-Decker Bus

Meet Aurora.

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Prove You Love Your Girlfriend ... by Having Her Kidnapped

In Kazakhstan, a romantic can order a mock attack that makes his loved one feel threatened, then step in to save the day.