Design

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Requiem for a Nightmare

The fate of the FBI's J. Edgar Hoover Building—maybe the most despised structure in Washington, D.C.—is virtually sealed. As Brutalism edges toward extinction, cities should take stock.

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Why the Mets Are Right to Save the New York State Pavilion

With change in Queens arriving rapidly, the Mets can preserve a piece of team history—and public good will—by helping to restore a part of the World's Fair from 50 years ago.

Courtesy Ken Foster

How a Michigan Family's Home Became a One-Deer Preserve

A heartwarming story of sensible local government intervention. 

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Could This Lovely Synthetic Leaf Solve our Carbon Woes?

The notion is awesome, but the science behind it might not be.

The Port Authority Thinks It Owns the New York City Skyline

A small NYC shop received a cease and desist letter from the agency over a popular "212" dishware line featuring the Twin Towers.

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Visit Paris, Which Is Now Infested by Rats Tourists Seem to Love

The Louvre Museum especially is overrun by the vermin this year, but 'Ratatouille' may have endeared them to visitors. 

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If an Electric Bike Is Ever Going to Hit It Big in the U.S., It's This One

Is the Copenhagen Wheel poised to become the next big thing in alternative urban transportation?

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Now Houston Is Considering Replacing the Astrodome With a Smaller Astrodome

A new plan to replace the Astrodome with an Astrodome Hall of Fame calls into question whether anyone actually wants to demolish the Astrodome.

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Troy Holden

'A Race Against Time' to Capture a Rapidly Changing San Francisco

After 18 years in the city, a photographer tries to preserve its disappearing faces and places. 

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Welcome to Kansas City, Kansas: The Unlikely New Soccer Capital of the United States

For U.S. soccer fans, World Cup hopes now run through a $75 million facility in an emerging Midwest powerhouse.

Reuters/Sean Yong

George Lucas' Chicago Museum Could Look Ultra Avant Garde

May the force be with a hot team of noted architects as they try to sell the city on their notoriously experimental designs. 

Margret Aldrich

The Low-Tech Appeal of Little Free Libraries

The "take a book, return a book" boxes are catching on even in places where Kindles and brick-and-mortar book-lending sites abound. 

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A Special Urban Brand of Melancholy? Best #Cityreads of the Week

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.

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Iron Man Should Move to Cleveland, Not San Francisco

The Armored Avenger is moving to the Bay Area in an upcoming comic series, but he could do more for the people of Northeast Ohio.

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Andy Warhol's Film 'Empire' Turns 50

Celebrating one of the world's most famous skyscrapers on the day an equally famous artist filmed it. For a long, long time.

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Imagining the Gaza Invasion in Major U.S. Cities Through Maps

There are 1.8 million people in Gaza. What would that look like in your city?

Courtesy the Government of the State of Ceará

Why the U.S. Is Building a Fantastical Aquarium in Brazil

An exotic new aquarium under construction in Brazil is a lightning rod on two continents—and the latest test of the theory that where weird designs go, new cities follow.

Mark Byrnes

Saving Sam the Record Man's Giant Spinning Discs

A huge flashing sign from a shuttered record store in Toronto gets a new home after a lengthy preservation battle.

The Brooklyn Bridge Has Always Been a Magnet for Mystery

First a grand piano showed up underneath it, then two white flags appeared on top of it. Why does the Brooklyn Bridge attract so many enigmas?