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IG St. Pauli

A Novel Solution to Public Urination: Walls That Splash Pee Right Back at You

Hamburg's St. Pauli nightlife quarter deals with more than its fair share of rogue urinators. Residents there are hoping liquid-resistant paint will help.

Belatchew Arkitekter

This Strange Stockholm Wind Farm Generates Power Through Writhing Tentacles

The proposed "Strawscraper" would create energy from the gyration of thousands of follicles.

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Richard Silver

Behold, Famous Landmarks Shot in the Fourth Dimension of Time

These surreal photos use as many as 36 different shots taken throughout the day.

Dylan Gentile/Mark Byrnes

This Aspiring Urban Planner Is Making Waves in Florida

Most 15-year-olds don’t spend their spare time studying walkability and public housing. Dylan Gentile is not most 15-year-olds.

Next Economy
Emily Wilson/The Downtown Project

$350 Million Might Not Be Enough to Save Las Vegas

Spending millions to revitalize a struggling portion of the city might seem like a good bet, but the current effort led by a billionaire CEO is facing major challenges.

Wikimedia Commons

The Record-Setting Skyscrapers You've Never Heard Of: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

aspen rock/Shutterstock

The Best of City Makers

Looking back on our series about the people and ideas changing cities around the world.

Ben Tolman

An Artist's Dark But Loving Graphic Ode to Suburbia

Artist Ben Tolman creates incredibly intricate drawings that dig for the heart beneath the hard edges of the built environment.  

HERE

Teaching Driverless Cars to Fit Your Human Driving Style

After all, not everyone takes an off-ramp the same way.

Studio Roosegaarde

Artist Inundates the Netherlands with a 'Virtual Flood'

Eerie, floating lights show how high water would crest if the dikes failed.

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The Megacity Initiative

A Mumbai Slum's Cultural Moment

With its second annual Biennale, Dharavi finds itself being taken seriously as an arts destination.

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Carol M. Highsmith’s America/Library of Congress

One Photographer's Mission to Document How Every State Lives

Carol M. Highsmith is out to create a comprehensive visual record of the U.S.—and she's donating it all.

Maps
Mapbox

Watch a Decade of Data Come to Life on OpenStreetMap

The open-source, citizen-driven mapmaking tool has democratized the insular world of cartography.

Walk [Your City]

DIY Wayfinding Signs Are About to Go Mainstream

The Knight Foundation has announced it will fund a large-scale expansion of Matt Tomasulo's 2012 "WalkRaleigh" project.

City of Chicago

The Cracks in Chicago's Grand Plans for the Bus

Forget opponents—even supporters are debating whether the city has gone far enough in its BRT ambitions.

When the British Tried to Build Their Own Eiffel Tower

In the late 19th century, London nearly got a 1,200-foot steel monument to transcontinental jealousy.

Flickr/zabowski

A Dreamy New Database for L.A. Architecture Nerds

15 years in the making, the most complete resource on L.A.'s historic built environment has just launched.

Nine Elms to Pimlico Bridge Competition

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like London Has a Fancy Bridge Fetish

With the Nine Elms to Pimlico Bridge Competition, the U.K. capital appears well positioned for folly.

UnKolorDistinto

Can These Colorful Garbage Trucks Make Trash Collection ... Cool?

Valparaiso, Chile's third-largest city, is tackling its garbage problem with a new fleet of brightly painted trucks.