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Meet New York City's Master of Sand

Calvin Seibert’s astounding sandcastles are made to be destroyed.

Berlin Saves the Communist-Era Buildings of Alexanderplatz

On Monday, the city announced that it was listing some key structures in East Berlin’s central square as historical monuments.

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How Vandals Built a Brick Wall Inside a German Train

You can get away with a lot wearing an official-looking vest.

Denmark Unveils a Surreal 'Infinite Bridge'

The walkable sculpture extends more than 100 feet over a bay.

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The Quiet Grandeur of New York and L.A. From Above

New photographs from Jeffrey Milstein capture both cities from the sky.

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5 Anti-Bike Arguments That Should Be Retired

For one, bike lanes are actually really good for the local economy.

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Mapping Everywhere Fossils Have Been Found in the U.S.

Explore a world of dead, buried animals with the “United States of Fossiliferousness.”

Art That 'Infests' Natural Spaces With Invasive, Man-Made Species

A Prague-based artist composes sculpture that examines how urban technology spreads like its own life form.

How Prefab Honeycomb Homes Could Help the Affordable Housing Problem

These customizable hexagons from U.K.-based Hivehaus offer the promise of fast, cheap density.

Who Knew a Video Game About Infrastructure Could Look So Cool?

Grab your flashlight and start fixing a dangerous, crumbling mining city in INFRA.

How Black Vernacular Architecture Is Changing Museums

The stoop and the porch are prominent features of two new museum designs.

New York Wants Google Maps to Discourage Left Turns

The safety precaution would fit in with the city’s larger Vision Zero push.

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This Stained Glass Window Harnesses Solar Energy to Charge Your Devices

But it looks like a cathedral.

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A Map of Neighborhood Noise Pollution You Can Actually Use

Now in L.A. and soon for all of North America: Punch in an address to find out how loud the location is and why.

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These Are the Saddest Amtrak Stations in America

Some of the nation’s train stations don’t make a great impression. That won’t change until Congress truly funds passenger rail.

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Psychedelic Maps Made With Google's 'DeepDream' Code

When you apply Google’s artificial neural networks to cartography, the hills literally have eyes.

Reusable Shopping Bags May Make You Buy More Junk Food

A new study says people who use the bags believe they deserve more indulgences.

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The Panama Canal Is About To Become an Even Bigger 'Big Ditch'

The soon-to-open expanded canal will—finally—accommodate the world’s gigantic freight ships. For now.

Ford Tries to Figure Out Bicycles

The company’s Info Cycle project aims to improve the understanding of how urban streets work for cars and bikes alike.