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Flint Public Art Project

When You Think of Flint, Michigan, Think of ... Experimental Public Art?

Can virtual ball drops and bizarre car sculptures help people see the Rust Belt city in new ways?

Closca

Foldable Bike Helmets: Will They Ever Get Off the Ground?

The company behind this "Turtle" helmet, which folds down to half its size, promises it will become part of the urban cyclists’ way of life.

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Mannfred Werner

Mind-Blowing Discovery of the Day: Angkor Wat Was Much Larger Than We Ever Imagined

Archaeologists say the uncovered medieval cityscape is "without parallel in the pre-industrial world."

Reuters

Hamburg's 'Unwanted' Humans, Caged and on Display

Single mothers, former criminals, homeless people and punks at a "human zoo."

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Sure, Apple Maps Stinks, But Look at These Crazy Cool Dalí-Esque Scenes

Developer Peder Norrby collects iOS Maps glitches that have an accidental artistry.

Robin Stam

Europe's Most Famous Fictional Bridges, Brought to Life

How the seven imaginary spans depicted on euro banknotes came to be built in a Rotterdam suburb.

Courtesy MoMA

MoMA Pays Tribute to the Terrifying Beauty of Le Corbusier

This summer's sweeping MoMA retrospective is a deep dive on the controversial architect.

Ben and Jerry's

Ben & Jerry's Is Churning Up City-Specific Ice Cream

If you can't take the civic puns, stay out of the freezer section.

Greg Papove

Bike Paths Need More of These – Wooo! – Jump Ramps

Cycling in Vancouver just got a little more wild.

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Pentagram

A Sharp New Look for New York City Beach Signs

Redesigned signage is serving a critical role in post-Sandy coastal wayfinding.

Yes, This Public Sculpture Is Really Made From Condoms

Hundreds of glowing, pendulous prophylactics liven up a drab square in Madrid.

zonz/Flickr

The Giant Rubber Ducky Is Migrating to Pittsburgh

The huge, globe-trotting waterfowl will make its American debut in September.

Atossa Soltani/Courtesy of Bandaloop

What the Heck Is 'Bandalooping'?

A primer on that aerial dance from Monday's The Bachelorette.

Reuters

Gentrification of the Strip Mall

These declining suburban outposts are hotbeds for immigrant entrepreneurs. How should we protect those businesses as strip malls evolve?

WFES

Green Architecture Confronts Elitism in Abu Dhabi

Might there be hope of more affordable "eco homes" in the future?

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Amanda Durbin

The Melancholy Beauty of San Francisco's Street Mattresses

"There could be rotting flesh and feces on a mattress," says photographer Amanda Durbin, "and I'd still snap a photo before I called the authorities."

Cincinnati Museum Center

Cincinnati's Gorgeous Attempt to Woo Visitors, Circa 1933

The city installed gigantic murals in the train station to highlight its industrial prowess.

Reuters

A Fascinating Peek Inside China's Booming Counterfeit Wine Market

Europe exported nearly $1 billion worth of wine to China last year. Counterfeiters are increasingly cashing in.

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Chat Travieso

The Tiny, Tri-Lingual Library Hidden on New York's Lower East Side

A bite-sized bookshelf greets readers in English, Spanish and Chinese.