Design

Skyscraper Trees: Good or Gimmicky?

Debating the merits of planting forests on the sides of tall buildings.

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A Pantone-Style Color Guide for Beers

Now if only they made a corresponding line of beer-colored paints.

What E. L. Konigsburg Taught Me About Cities

The beloved children's book author captured the essence of urban life better than just about anyone else.

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Weirdly Catchy Song of the Day: The National Park Week Jingle

If you don't know, now you know.

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The Faces of New York, Plastered on the Sidewalks of New York

The portraits were taken in a giant photo booth in Tribeca.

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BIG's Newest Park Is Modelled After ... a City

The gigantic French green space is being billed as a "metropolis of retail, culture, and leisure."

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Kennebunk Has a Cocktail That Costs $40,000

The "Ruby Rose" is made with premium vodka, grapefruit juice and a four-carat gemstone.

Weng Fen

How Photographers Are Telling the Story of China's Warp-Speed Urbanization

A new exhibition of contemporary Chinese photography charts the country's phenomenal growth from 2000 to 2012.

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Creative Skyscraper Use of the Day: A Giant Game of Pong

The world's largest game of pong, played on Philadelphia Cira Center's massive glass facade.

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See This Gigantic Red Ball 'Tour' Paris

Artist Kurt Perschke is installing an enormous red ball in a different Parisian location every day through April 28.

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In Praise of the Stockholm Subway's Breathtaking Art

Think of it as the world's largest public art exhibit.

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Photo or Painting? With These Cityscapes, It's Almost Impossible to Tell

British painter Nathan Walsh brings a photo-realism style to urban landscapes.

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What the World Needs Is a Superhero to Fight Grime

In Italy, a masked crusader takes to the streets to pick up garbage and scrub dirty windows.

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Why Free Museums Are Bad for Everyone

Recommended donations and admission fees help patrons see art, not crowds.

Richard Foregger

To the Lighthouse: You Know, the One in San Francisco Hardly Anyone Seems to Know About

Though tens of thousands of people pass by it every day, the East Brother Light Station is remarkably under the radar.

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Johanna Mårtensson

Watch a Bread City Slowly Decompose Over 6 Months

A photographer built a city from bread and let it mold for half a year. These are the apocalyptic results.

Maps

The Map as Ghost Story, Love Story and Everything in Between

A new book invites New York residents to draw their own experiences on maps of Manhattan.

Beth Murphy

To Boston: Messages From People Who Know the City's Pain All Too Well

Notes of sympathy from Kabul, Afghanistan.

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The Long Overdue Demise of the Cupcake Craze

Is there a more widely, vocally despised food than the prissy, expensive, full-of-itself gourmet cupcake?