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Damien Hirst Plays With Scalpels in His New Cityscape Works

The infamous English artist collages blades, pins, and needles to render aerial images of cities around the world.

Studio Roosegaarde

This Dutch City Built a Glowing 'Van Gogh' Bike Path for Psychedelic Cyclists

The luminescent path is modeled after the painter's "The Starry Night."

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Arts Advocates Are Mad That a German Casino Sold Its Warhols

A state-owned gaming facility in Aachen got rid of its two paintings by the Pop Art icon to partly fund a new casino. Could this set a dangerous precedent for publicly owned art?

CityRealty

There's Nothing to Fear From New York's Next Skyscraper Boom

Except for people afraid of heights, no one has any reason to worry about the coming wave of new towers.

Dan Glass

Risking Life, Limb, and Waterborne Parasites for 'Trespass Theater'

A true tale featuring secret meeting spots, cops, a knapsack full of iPhones, and a live performance that floated down New York's Gowanus Canal.

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Chicago Has More 'Avenues,' While San Francisco Prefers 'Terraces'

An analysis of roadway suffixes in six major U.S. cities reveals differences rooted in history.

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How the Craft Beer Revolution Made Cans Cool Again

Aficionados love cans because they better protect beer from light and oxygen—two of a brew’s greatest enemies.

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Patrick J. Cashin

Inside New York City's 'Underground Art Museum'

A conversation with the head of MTA's Arts & Design program.

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Letting Brazil's Homeless Speak for Themselves

Social media projects in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo illuminate the lives of the homeless in Brazil's biggest cities—without value judgments.

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Gentrification 'Without the Negative' in Columbus, Ohio

A local arts group moved into an abandoned factory. What does it mean for the surrounding neighborhood?

MSPF

San Francisco Is Painting the Streets with Historical Creeks

A placemaking project traces the city's long-buried arroyos.

Kristof Retezár

This Water Bottle for Bikes Generates H2O From the Air

Under hot and humid conditions, "Fontus" claims to "make" 17 ounces of water in an hour.

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On This Day in 1926, America's Interstate Roadways Were Numbered for the First Time

Long before the Interstate Highway System, the country's mishmash of independent trails officially became part of a numerical system.

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Cape Town Has Created a Disastrous Memorial to Nelson Mandela

It's a giant pair of Ray-Bans. No, really.

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A Toast to John Shields, Who Made Every Trader Joe's Feel Like Home

As the West Coast chain went national in the '90s, the former CEO—who died recently at 82—went to great lengths to infuse local influence into each new store.

Anthony Flint

The Hazardous Business of Celebrating Le Corbusier

The pioneer of modern architecture inspired hundreds of drab downtowns and suburban corporate office parks. But he had many good ideas that are relevant to citybuilding today

Reuters/Remy de la Mauviniere

Your Romantic Nighttime Photos of the Eiffel Tower Violate Copyright Laws

A daytime photo is fine, but night shots are problematic since the light show is relatively new.

Patrick Coulie

An Etsy Co-Founder and His Wife Have Big Plans for Albuquerque

From a digital fabrication startup to green buildings, Jared and Laurie Tarbell are trying to make downtown a hotbed of innovation.

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This Guy Has a Rocket-Powered Bike, and You Don't

François Gissy broke his world record at 207 mph, and he's already hatching plans for a bike he calls the "Spine Crusher."