Design

Mark Byrnes

Bucharest Would Like to Remind You, Yet Again, That It Is Not Budapest

What to do when the entire world confuses you with your political rival 500 miles away.

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Street Art of the Day: A Breakdancer Comes Alive After Dark

Timing is everything in this ingenious new street art. 

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There Was a Dead Shark on the New York Subway This Morning

"I've been riding the subway for 15 years, and this is the weirdest thing I've seen."

Shigeru Ban Architects

Peek Inside This 'Cardboard Cathedral,' Which Can Withstand Earthquakes

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban designed the paper-based house of worship, for Christchurch.

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Can One Man Change the Shape of an Entire City?

A study of Baron von Haussmann's Paris.

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Jamestown Really, Really Loves Lucy

It has the festivals, museums and many murals to prove it.

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Detroit's Emergency Manager Could Sell the City's Art Collection

Kevyn Orr asked Christie's auction house to come in and appraise the city-owned collection at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

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Eerie, Pixelated Girl Lurks in a British Train Station

Cross that demon child from The Ring with a 16-bit Super Mario, and you might get this uncanny optical illusion.

Jair Straschnow

Please, Take a Load Off on Copenhagen's Free Street Hammocks

The hammocks, made from old fire hoses, also double as playground swings.

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Nerdy Infographic of the Day: Which Cities Are Most Popular With the Literati?

See how world cities stack up to each other -- in terms of the amount of books written about them.

Library of Congress

The Incredible, Explosive Growth of Chicago, As Seen Through Its Maps

See the first-ever map of the city, and how it evolved over a century.

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China's New Tallest Building Will Have the World's Fastest Elevators

They will travel at 40 mph.

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American Drinkers Are Turning Against Beer

Bad news for brews: Among the youngest Americans, beer preference is collapsing.

Aaron Borngraber

The Depressing Stuff You'll Find Inside an Abandoned Inner City School

Travel back in time to Buffalo, 1979.

Dan Glass

The Mysterious Paintings Popping Up in Doorways All Over New York, Explained

Turning the East Village into a puzzle of art and exploration.

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Glimpse the Absurd Parisian Ghost Town in the Middle of China

A luxury real estate developer in Hangzhou thought it could cash in on China's love for all things French. It hasn't worked out that way.

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When Neglected Buildings Become Seriously Trippy Art Projects

If you've ever spotted street art involving pin-up models with kitty heads or screaming flowers, it's probably the work of Chile's Macarena "Macay" Yañez.

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408 Hot Air Balloons Just Took Off at the Same Time — Here's Video

The breaking of a world record, in time-lapse.

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How Cities Mess With Our Sleep Cycles

Electrical lighting has allowed our bodies to move away from our natural clock.