Design

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Austin Celebrates the End of the World in Style

The "end of the world soiree" featured hedonism, science, and a little bit of salvation.

2012's Most Important Preservation Battles

The gas stations, theaters and monuments saved this year.

These Bikes Are Wishing You a Very Happy Holiday

Cycles decked out in everything from Christmas lights to greenery.

The Miami Bike Scene

Bicycle Advocates of the Day: The Miami Heat

They wear their helmets and everything!

Reuters

Are You Ready for the End of Days?

Across the world, people are preparing by hoarding food, climbing mountains, and partying.

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2012's Year in Maps

It's been an eventful year for cartography.

Photos
Jon Cotner

Holiday Wishes From the Streets of New York

25 strangers share their hopes for the season.

Maps

Drawing the Intricate Details of City Life By Hand

Illustrator Jenni Sparks discusses her lively, unique renderings of New York and London.

Videos
Anthony Sherin

Urban Artifact of the Day: A Street Corner Piano

Go ahead, play a few notes.

Photos

A Spongy Portable Cave Perfect for Cuddling

The perfect place to escape from the everyday.

Deutsche + Guggenheim

The Inescapable Patterns of Garbage

Artist Gabriel Orozco has applied a fresh logic to trash-as-art.

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Too Portland For Portland: Local Man Offers to Eat, Excrete Gourmet Coffee Beans for His Neighbors

Please don't let "Human Kopi Luwak" become a thing.

In Paris, a Wall of 'I Love You's'

Two artists cover a Montmartre wall with more than 200 expressions of adoration.

Videos

Inside the Incredible Secret Mission to Climb Europe's Tallest Building

Russian adventurers dressed like construction workers to reach the ice-covered pinnacle of Mercury City, which is taller than London's Shard.

The Most Talked About Buildings of 2012

From residences to gardens to installations, a look at the most compelling works of the year.

Reuters

'These Neighborhoods Are Our Neighborhoods': 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.

Mark Byrnes

Farewell Formstone? Requiem for a Baltimore Building Material

A proposed zoning revision threatens to outlaw Formstone, ubiquitous on Baltimore's row house façades. Will anyone care?

Videos
Jonathan Lansey

BEEEEEEEEP! This Bike Sounds Like a Car Horn

The "Loud Bicycle" prototype can blast careless drivers with a 30-second trumpet that's as loud as a rock concert.

Reuters

With the Louvre-Lens, a Curtain Call for the Bilbao Effect

The world's most famous museum has opened a relatively modest satellite campus in a former industrial town.