Design

Zoë Blackler

Parking Spots Are Replacing Vibrant Street Life in Yangon

The social life of Yangon takes place in sidewalk cafes. But they're in danger of disappearing as the city embarks on a road-widening effort.

ChicagoGeek/Flickr

Bizarre Preservation Fixation of the Day: Ronald Reagan's Childhood Home

Two years of Reagan's youth wasn't enough to save this apartment house.

University of California at Berkeley

John J. Gumperz, Who Mapped the Infrastructure of Spoken Language, Dies at 91

He pioneered the study of how people convey and conceal meaning and social standing with words, intonations, and accents.

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Myst-R/Fra Biancoshock

Does Giving Out High Fives Make Riding the Subway Fun?

Probably not, but that didn't stop one artist in Milan from standing outside the station slapping skin all day.

5 Unusual Ideas for 'Greening' a School

Visions for sustainable building in the education system courtesy the National Building Museum.

Gustavo Sanabria/Luz Interruptus

Don't Worry, the Spanish Are Already Protesting the 2020 Olympics

Artists in Madrid railed against the "destruction" of the Games with artwork made from what looks like Molotov cocktails.

Reuters

A Photo Collection of Britain's Strangest Traditions

Burning boats, foam-covered students, and a good old-fashioned joust.

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richmondsfblog.com

An Awful Person Destroyed Golden Gate Park's 'Fairy Door'

San Francisco just got a little less whimsical.

Shutterstock

The Strange Decline of the Philly Accent

Linguists are still trying to understand the surprising evolution of how Philadelphians speak.

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Associated Press

2013 Opening Day: Baseball Begins

Fans descend on ballparks around the country as Major League Baseball gets underway.

Google

Jokes of the Day: April Fools Urbanist Round-Up

Perhaps all humor really is local.

10 Chair Designs for People Who Really Love Their Books

Like, really.

Reuters

Pails of Water and a Fight for a Beer Bucket: Bizarre Easter Traditions

A collection of strange and lovely Easter traditions.

Reuters

Good Friday Around the World

Images from Pakistan, Spain and France, among others.

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Portlandia

The Tiny House Movement, Taken to Its Logical Extreme

Portlandia sends up our quest for ever-smaller digs.

Jurgen Kuipers

Here's a Bicycle You Assemble From Big Sheets of Plywood

This award-winning Dutch bike snaps together like one of those plastic airplane models that kids make.

Wikimedia Commons

The Case Against Saving Midcentury Office Buildings

A new report suggests it would be better for the environment to tear them all down.

Flickr/Boston Public Library

TV Show of the Day: '10 Buildings That Changed America'

Architecture television is a rare thing.

Felice Varini

This Street Art Will Blow Your Mind

Swiss artist Felice Varini transforms the viewer's perception of space.