Design

Should Hospitals Spend Money to Look Good?

Evidence suggests colors, natural light and design can improve healing times.

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Alejandro Cartagena

A Lens on the Pickup Carpoolers of Monterrey

Photographer Alejandro Cartagena captures intimate scenes of informal commuting.

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Subway Babies and Shrinking Cities (Well): 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.

Vivian Maier

Trailer of the Day: Finding the Mysterious Street Photographer Vivian Maier

The photographs are great; the story is even better.

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Yup, That's a Gigantic Dog Peeing on This Orange County Building

And you thought your public art was gross.

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Berlin's New Airport Can't Turn Its Own Lights Off

Problems keep piling up at the construction site that will eventually become Berlin Brandenburg Airport.

Some Super Charming Illustrated Answers to Urban Mysteries

Why do pigeons bob their heads? Do squirrels know where they hide their nuts? And other questions answered in this new art-meets-science book.

Stupid New Trend of the Day: 'Gallon Smashing'

Go into a grocery store. Pretend to fall down while carrying two gallons of milk. Post on the Internet.

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The Fading Politicization of Northern Ireland's Street Art

Murals once devoted to the troubles now take on sporting victories and cultural achievements.

Building a Bicycle From Chopped-Up Auto Parts

What better way for cyclists to show their contempt for the car-driving masses than riding around on the carcass of a dismembered vehicle?

Videos

What It's Like to Play a Grand Piano in a NYC Park Every Day

Colin Huggins brings his passion for music to Washington Square Park.

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Philippe Starck Designs a Bike-Share Scooter-Cycle in France

Is this the hippest bicycle in the world?

High Altitude School of Hydroponics

Meet the Former NASA Scientist Who's Teaching Coloradans How to Grow Marijuana Legally

Dale J. Chamberlain's HASH courses are specifically designed to comply with Colorado's new cannabis law. 

Michael Maltzan Architecture

One Day Soon L.A. May Be Known for the Beauty of Its Bridges

A new crop of high-design bridge replacements has L.A. poised to remake its image.

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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.