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Finding Playful New Uses for Boring Street Infrastructure

Designer Thor ter Kulve transforms garbage cans into communal fire places, lampposts into swings, and more.

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The World's Most Popular Tourist Cities

How Bangkok became the hottest city for international travelers.

Maya Lin's Newest Work Is a 'Last Memorial' to the Vanishing Natural World

"I am going to try to wake you up to things that are missing that you are not even aware are disappearing."

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Eerie Truths and Hard Lessons From a 1970s 'Ecotopia'

Revisiting Ernest Callenbach's controversial portrait of a more sustainable America.

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If a Photographer Takes a Picture of You Through Your Apartment Window, Is it Art?

A lawsuit against Arne Svenson, who captured unwitting subjects through their windows, could draw an important line between art and intrusion.

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A Public Art Installation Bridges the Gap Created by an Overpass

A conversation with the Arizona-based duo behind San Antonio's "Ballroom Luminoso," among other projects.

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The Geography of America's Pop Music/Entertainment Complex

Pop songs, like widgets, are "manufactured" commodities, with a production system embedded in real places.

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American Hero Beats the British at Their Own Cheese-Rolling Game

England weeps as a man wearing the American flag captures Cooper's Hill's coveted wheel of dairy.

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Replica of the Day: Building the Simpsons' Springfield in Florida

We'll finally be able to enjoy Krusty burgers and drink Duff Beer.

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Flags for the Fallen

The country prepares for Memorial Day.

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This Is What the Scar From a Tornado Looks Like Through a Suburban Town

Aerial images of destruction on a stunning scale.

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Has the Golden Gate Bridge Been Ruined by These 'Ugly' Sculptures?

Some San Franciscans are not happy about the new public art at Crissy Field, which they claim obstructs views and looks like "giant steel droppings."

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Brazil's Most Expensive New Stadium Faces Its First Test

Demolished and rebuilt, Brasilia's Mane Garrincha National Stadium is almost ready.

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The Evolution of Moscow's Subway Maps

A collection of the city's subway maps since 1935.

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Why You Can't Be Blasé About the Next World's Tallest Building

Zhang Yue's dream to reinvent urban life.

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Tea Time in Syria

Arresting images of the ordinary amid devastating war.

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Is Beirut's Reputation for LGBT Tolerance a Myth?

The presence of Syrian refugees may have also played a role in a recent crackdown on gay bars.

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Imagining Syracuse Without Its Elevated Highway

Syracuse University students are tackling the issue at the same time as the state DOT.

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Atlanta's Getting a Ferris Wheel

The city has approved plans for SkyView Atlanta, scheduled to debut next month.