Design

Mark Byrnes

Detroit's Famously Decaying Old Train Station Has 5 New Windows and No One Knows Why

You have to start somewhere, we guess?

Kaid Benfield

A Second Life for Some of Baltimore's Vacant Properties

The city has about 16,000 empty buildings, and it's developed a unique program to rehab a small number of them.

Anthony Flint

China's Eco-Cities: Substantive and Skimpy at the Same Time

For now at least, the country's most sustainable form of urbanism is relegated to pilot projects.

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Colin Selig

Sustainable, Stylish Furniture Made From Cut-Up Propane Tanks

Using a plasma cutter, Colin Selig makes couches that would make Hank Hill jump with joy.

Library of Congress

A Charming Look Back at the Opening of the 91-Year-Old Lincoln Memorial

"This memorial is less for Abraham Lincoln than for those of us today and for those who follow after."

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Koichi Shimano

Gorgeous, Surreal Photos of Mount Fuji Show Why It Deserves UNESCO's Respect

Photographer Koichi Shimano portrays the godlike volcano in the grips of seriously profound and weird weather.

Detroit Institute of Art

Under Threat of Municipal Bankruptcy, the Detroit Institute of Arts Readies for a Fight

The museum is threatening to play hardball if it's ordered to auction off its assets to help the city pay off its massive debt.

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Stereotank

World's Tiniest Library Pops Up In New York City

The "inhabitable" library looks more like a weird robot or a doughnut on stilts.

Vicki Moon

Finding the Hidden Beauty in Liquor Stores and Cheap Motels

A photographer seeks out L.A.'s less glamorous side.

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Finding Playful New Uses for Boring Street Infrastructure

Designer Thor ter Kulve transforms garbage cans into communal fire places, lampposts into swings, and more.

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The World's Most Popular Tourist Cities

How Bangkok became the hottest city for international travelers.

Maya Lin's Newest Work Is a 'Last Memorial' to the Vanishing Natural World

"I am going to try to wake you up to things that are missing that you are not even aware are disappearing."

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Eerie Truths and Hard Lessons From a 1970s 'Ecotopia'

Revisiting Ernest Callenbach's controversial portrait of a more sustainable America.

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If a Photographer Takes a Picture of You Through Your Apartment Window, Is it Art?

A lawsuit against Arne Svenson, who captured unwitting subjects through their windows, could draw an important line between art and intrusion.

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Fred Gonzales/City of San Antonio

A Public Art Installation Bridges the Gap Created by an Overpass

A conversation with the Arizona-based duo behind San Antonio's "Ballroom Luminoso," among other projects.

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Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

The Geography of America's Pop Music/Entertainment Complex

Pop songs, like widgets, are "manufactured" commodities, with a production system embedded in real places.

Videos

American Hero Beats the British at Their Own Cheese-Rolling Game

England weeps as a man wearing the American flag captures Cooper's Hill's coveted wheel of dairy.

Universal Studios

Replica of the Day: Building the Simpsons' Springfield in Florida

We'll finally be able to enjoy Krusty burgers and drink Duff Beer.

Reuters

Flags for the Fallen

The country prepares for Memorial Day.