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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.

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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.

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Phoenix Just Might Be Serious About Building 'The Pin'

A honey dipper-shaped observation tower inches one step closer to reality.

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Samuel Orr

Timelapse of the Day: How Nature Changes in a New York Year

A seasonal tribute to New York City.

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Introducing the $32,000 Lamborghini ... Bicycle

A luxury personal transportation option for the car-free generation.

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A City in Waiting: Outside St. Peter's Basilica

Crowds descend to await the announcement of a new Pope.

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Rob Lutter

A Biker Chronicles His Trip From London to Hong Kong Via Instagram

Rob Lutter has spent the last 19 months biking across Europe into Asia.

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Can Floating Architecture Save This Nigerian Slum?

Architects NLE are putting the finishing touches on a three-story, 2,300-square-foot floating school for 100 students in Lagos.

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Survey Claims That 75 Percent of People Use Cellphones in the Bathroom

One-quarter of men surveyed also reported sitting down to pee so they could use their phones with both hands.

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'Rich Kid Who Wears Pastel Shirts' of the Day: Connecticut

Reddit's hilarious answers to this question: If the U.S. were a high school, who would your state be?

These Minimalist Illustrations of Modern Museums Are Strangely Hypnotic

Artist André Chiote's simple geometric lines and bold colors reduce modern architecture to a few building details or formal snapshots.

Victor Dover

An Epic Transit-Oriented Development Fail

Let this be a lesson to all: TOD requires more than transit and development. It needs to be walkable.

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Why We Crave 'Authentic' Cities: Best #Cityreads of the Week

Our weekly roundup of the most intriguing articles about cities and urbanism we've come across in the past seven days.

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Want to Show People the Benefits of Transit? Build a Pretend Train Station

A two-day pop-up train station lands in Miami.

Alexis Fleisig

Inside 'iCombat,' New York's Controversial New Laser Tag Attraction

What I learned playing America's most realistic family entertainment war game.

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What SXSW Can Tell Us About the Geography of Indie Music

Texas cities account for three of the top 10 metros, and nearly one in five SXSW acts hail from Texas.

Katsuya Arai

The Humble Public Bench Gets a Dramatic Makeover

Boston prepares to debut 20 bench designs that re-imagine the experience of sitting on the street.

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Tom Connors, Folk Singer and Chronicler of All Things Canada, Dies at 77

"Stompin' Tom" sang about the life of a streetcar driver, hauling a load of potatoes from Prince Edward Island.

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Library Art of the Day: Light Beams for Every Search in Wyoming

Enter the filament mind.