Design

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Adam Kennedy

A Photographer Sees Tiny Planets in San Francisco's Rusty Fire Hydrants

Finding worlds in aging infrastructure.

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Is It Time to Move Past Urban Studies and Toward Urbanization Science?

Some scholars are calling for a stronger understanding of the "DNA" of cities — and, by extension, an improved ability to address urban problems in a systemic manner.

Hugon Kowalski

Would More People Use the Public Library If It Had a Water Slide?

More than half of Poland doesn't seem to be reading anything. Would a more festive library design help them pick up a book?

See Japan Through the Eyes of the Country's Most Famous Anime Artists

A new online pop-culture travel magazine out of San Francisco's Japantown interviews artists about their favorite spots back home.

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Babak Golkar

Turning a Persian Rug Into a City

Babak Golkar makes architectural designs out of carpet patterns.

Videos

A Pair of Nuts Fly Through Rio de Janeiro's Vertical Labyrinth

Extreme-sports enthusiasts Jokke Sommer and Ludovic Woerth take a hair-raising ride through Brazil's urban jungle.

Why We Just Might Want to Build Skyscrapers Out of Wood

Vancouver-based architect Michael Green is trying to convince the world to construct tall wood buildings.

Sign Painters

Promising Film Trailer of the Day: 'Sign Painters'

A city is only as good as its signs.

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La Vita è Mortadella: A Day in the Life of an Italian Deli

"If ya don't see it, we don't have it."

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'Femme Fatales of Cartography'

Inside a beautiful new collection of "maps you shouldn't trust yet cannot help but fall for."

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The (Failed) Idea That Links St. Petersburg and Mumbai

Even in cities laid out to micro-manage and shape its residents, the people who use public space can't be controlled.

John Metcalfe

What Kind of People Celebrate San Francisco's 'Pi Day'?

People who are very enthusiastic about irrational numbers, it turns out.

Roel Verhagen Kaptein

Is This a Good Way to Reinvent the Recumbent Bicycle?

Out of the Netherlands comes this unusual design for a streamlined commuting recumbent.

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Meet Thor, the Mexican Superhero Street Artist Who Rides Public Transit

Ruben Oviedo has been performing in downtown Mexico City for about a year.

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Take a Secret Peek Inside the Spire of the Chrysler Building

Urban explorer Moses Gates wormed his way up to the very top, far higher than where elevator service cuts off.

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Nate Hommel

Eyesore Solution of the Day: Vegetation Decorations for Construction Fences

Planters cover up offensive projects.

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If Your City Were Wrecked by Totalitarian Urban Planners

Spend a moment sitting in the shoes of Bucharest.

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Thousands Celebrate Puff of White Smoke, Selection of New Pope

The crowd gathered at the Vatican is pretty excited right now.

Reuters

Rio's Mad Scramble: Will the City Be Ready for the World Cup?

Weather, worker strikes, and structural problems have set back the renovation of the historic Maracanã Stadium as FIFA's deadline looms.