Design

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Why Free Museums Are Bad for Everyone

Recommended donations and admission fees help patrons see art, not crowds.

Richard Foregger

To the Lighthouse: You Know, the One in San Francisco Hardly Anyone Seems to Know About

Though tens of thousands of people pass by it every day, the East Brother Light Station is remarkably under the radar.

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Johanna Mårtensson

Watch a Bread City Slowly Decompose Over 6 Months

A photographer built a city from bread and let it mold for half a year. These are the apocalyptic results.

Maps

The Map as Ghost Story, Love Story and Everything in Between

A new book invites New York residents to draw their own experiences on maps of Manhattan.

Beth Murphy

To Boston: Messages From People Who Know the City's Pain All Too Well

Notes of sympathy from Kabul, Afghanistan.

Reuters

The Long Overdue Demise of the Cupcake Craze

Is there a more widely, vocally despised food than the prissy, expensive, full-of-itself gourmet cupcake?

Videos

Shepard Fairey's Andre-the-Giant Street Art Gets the Movie Treatment

Julian Marshall explains why he wanted to make a film about the "Obey Giant" street-art campaign.

Light in the Darkness: Messages of Hope From Around the Country

"We thought in this moment it was important show solidarity as caring human beings."

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Spokeswoman Productions

In 1894, the 'New Woman' Was a Bicyclist Who Changed History

A documentary details the story of Annie "Londonderry" Kopchovsky, who rode around the world on two wheels in 15 months.

Videos

A Dazzling Totem Pole of Tires in One of Cape Town's Most Dangerous Slums

Rather, it's about a neat community art project dealing with old tires.

Rock Ohio Caesars

If Other Cities Are Demolishing Skywalks, Why Does Cleveland Want a New One?

The fight against outmoded 20th-century infrastructure.

Photos

Can You Tell the Difference Between These Pictures of New York and Mumbai?

One photographer's quest to capture the similarities between the two cities.

Chicago Bid Book

What Happens to the Olympics Plans of Cities That Don't Win Them?

More importantly: Does a city get anything out of the exercise?

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Places Even Cell Phones Don't Reach: The 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.

Adital Ela

Sustainable Furniture Made From Agricultural Waste and Poop

Would you sit on a stool that had actual stool in it?

Timothy Hursley

The Simple Philosophy Behind St. Louis's Spectacular Central Library Renovation

In short: The books should be more prominent than ever.

Reuters

Trippy, Gorgeous Photos of Salt Mines

The process of mining that salt can produce beautiful landscapes.

Reuters

Hong Kong's Bookstore of Banned Books

An interview with Paul Tang, whose People's Recreation Community has tapped into an intriguing new market.

The Little Chimney Stack That Refused to Be Knocked Down

The demolition of a 175-foot-tall smokestack in Washington state experiences a slight hiccup.