Design

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3 Big Challenges for Planning Multi-Modal Cities

It's just not as simple as "stop prioritizing cars."

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Confirmed: The Oldest Known Art in the World Is Proto-Graffiti

The first paintings made by human hands, new research suggests, were outlines of human hands.

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Life in Peak-Froyo New York

One man copes with the invasion through an anonymous Tumblr.

Norges Bank

Norway's Best Architecture Firm Designs the World's Best Money

A contest to design Norway's new print bank notes goes bonkers.

River Cycleway Consortium

A Proposed Floating Cycleway on the Thames Is Hilarious—and Insulting

The River Cycleway Consortium would build an expensive, buoyant bike path on the choppy Thames. But where's the money for Londoners who are actually in need?

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Design That Makes Dry Regulations Come to Life

Since 1997, the Center for Urban Pedagogy has used graphic design to explain byzantine local policies and processes to New Yorkers.  

Ronin Motorworks

A Fearsome Bike Fit for the Dark Knight

This aggressive, jet-black motorcycle was inspired by the Japanese legend of the 47 ronin.

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Scenepast

A Postcard App With a Historical Twist

ScenePast lets you send a note with a classic 20th century streetscape from your mobile device. But it's also got an addictive second feature.

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The Eiffel Tower: Now With More Vertigo

Paris' greatest tourist draw gets a new, heart-stopping feature.

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London Gets Flooded With Eerie, Disembodied Chickens

No, there's not a serial killer targeting poultry.

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Why Can't Transportation Mega-Projects Be Both Beautiful and Practical?

In New York City's $4 billion PATH Hub, form overtakes function.

MVRDV

Dutch Designers Just Made Your Market Look Sorry

A clever combined market and apartment project navigates strict Dutch laws for food and housing.

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Why 12-Foot Traffic Lanes Are Disastrous for Safety and Must Be Replaced Now

Let's make "10 not 12!" a new mantra for saving our cities and towns.

Maps

An Addictive Tool Tracks the Explosive Expansion of the World's Megacities

Examining swelling urban borders over the past 100 years.

Paul Budnitz

Here's Why Ello Will Work

The founder of the latest social-media craze shares how design will distinguish Ello—and make it a success.

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Nature Flourishes in Our Cities' Vacant Lots: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.

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Reuters/Suzanne Plunkett

A Tour of Britain's Endearing, Semi-Detached Homes

Built between World Wars I and II, the style remains synonymous with suburban culture in the U.K. today.

What Public Signage Needs Is More Punching Bags

An intervention in Paris asks people to treat public spaces as private gyms.

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Tami Heilemann/Department of Interior

The National Mall's Newest Portrait May Best Be Viewed From Space

Using satellite imagery and mass-agriculture technology, artist Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada has created a six-acre portrait visible from orbit.