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The Manholes Have Claimed Another Sacrificial Victim

One scooter rider had a very bad day.

Someone's Come Up With an Ashtray That Rewards Smokers for Not Littering

"Fumo" emits happy beeps and blipping lights anytime it's fed a cigarette butt.

That Plan to Turn a Steep Street Into a Giant Water Slide Was a Huge Success

Nearly 100,000 people signed up—360 got to ride.

Photos

Remembering Modernism's Go-To Landscape Architect

A photo exhibit of Dan Kiley's prolific career.

Libraries as Therapy: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

Artists Transform Beach Sand Into Trippy Optical Illusions

A magical sight, before it all gets washed away.

A Look Back at L.A.'s Union Station, on Its 75th Anniversary

A new exhibit looks at the history of the iconic structure through photographs and architectural drawings.

A Skyscraper-Sized Solar-Wind Tower Could Become North America's Tallest Structure

Can a 2,250-foot-high wind tunnel generate electricity more cheaply than coal?

The Ocean Floor Is Littered with Humanity's Garbage

Researchers say they were "shocked" to find so much plastic, glass, and fishing equipment all over the seafloor.

This Suitcase Handle Wants to Help You Avoid Excess Baggage Fees

Taking the guesswork out of flying. 

The Great Spaceship of Toronto

This underground labyrinth may be as close to a spacecraft as most of us are likely to board.

A Peek Inside India's City of the Future

If Prime minister candidate Narendra Modi wins, he wants to bring a new kind of urban space to the country.

April Had a Record Number of Big Earthquakes

This year there was a typical pattern of quake activity up until the end of March, and then things went bonkers.

These Clever Stickers Remind Us There's Fun Outside the App Store

"Because there isn't an app for everything."

Beautiful Photos of Mexico From Half a Century Ago

Bernard Plossu was the country's Kerouac, telling stories through his seemingly aimless travels.

New Evidence That Urban Water Pollution Is Harming Birds

Researchers have linked the polluted run-off from cities to hormonal problems in chicks.

Designing Buildings for Children With Autism

And what it can teach us about architecture.

The Precious Commodity of Urban Sunlight: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

Preserving One of the 1964 World's Fair's Few Remnants

Philip Johnson's New York State Pavilion was designated a "National Treasure" earlier this week.