Design

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A Chinese Town Famous for Its Creepy Snakes

Residents of Zisiqiao Village raise over 3 million snakes a year.

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Thailand Isn't Too Happy About Switching to Western-Style Toilets

Also, Australia tests the sewer system for drugs and there's a very suspicious-looking porta-potty at an Oklahoma golf course.

Fiedler Marciano

Can Syracuse Resurrect Its Street Life?

A handful of new buildings bring commerce and artists to the sidewalks.

7 Examples of the Modern Igloo

Buildings that look to that ancient, icy form for inspiration.

An Obsessive Cataloging of New York's Windows

If you live in Manhattan, you might recognize your own window in this curious collection by illustrator José Guízar.

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Charles R. Wolfe

9 Lessons From Iceland for Building Better Places

Colorful buildings, monuments that blend, and exciting waterfronts.

A World Class Theater Designed Like a Community Meeting Space

The new SFJAZZ center in San Francisco drew its inspiration from spaces like Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple in Chicago.

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MTA

See Machines Tear Up the Bowels of New York

The latest photos from the city's underground train tunnel expansion.

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Providence Arcade, Ben Jacobsen and the Rhode Island Collection

One of America's Oldest Shopping Malls Converts to Micro-Apartments

The Arcade Providence will offer 48 units starting at $550 a month.

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Let's Pray This Doesn't Catch On: Blood-Based Graffiti

You might never look at red graffiti the same way again.

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JFK's Once Futuristic Pan Am Terminal Is In Danger of Getting Torn Down

Can an online campaign save this iconic piece of aviation architecture from demolition?

Reuters

What England Wore to London's Fashion Week

Inflatable hair, zebra-striped pants, and more.

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The Global Geography of Beer Monopolies

That foreign beer you're drinking may not be that exotic.

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Relationship Killer of the Day: Neutralizing Germany's 'Love' Padlocks

A group of urban hackers spent a day in Bamberg destroying people's public expressions of everlasting love.

Reuters

The Temple Where Indians Go to Get Exorcised

This is where you bring your possessed relatives.

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Lunar New Year Around the World

Welcoming the Year of the Snake.

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The Rise and Fall of One of America's Most Innovative Hotel Chains

Statler grew up with America's cities.

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L.A.'s Parklets Have Gotten Quite Fancy

Cardio bikes, swing seats and foosball.

Videos

A Look at the 'Rhythmical Potty,' a Portable Toilet That Actually Rocks

Can the Porta-Potty experience be improved with bass-thumping soundtracks?