Design

10 Buildings That Mimic the Complexity of Origami

Technology like 3D modeling have made it possible for architecture to mimic the elegant art of paper folding.

The Motley Roots of Data Visualization in 19th Century Census Charts

A Handsome Atlas celebrates Uncle Sam’s data chops by reproducing three Statistical Atlases from the late 1800s.

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Chuck Wolfe

Picturing 10 Urban Qualities Every City Should Have

Wood-framed storefronts, natural-seeming water features, commercial porches and more.

Paris 1914

Those Old Color Photographs of Paris You've Been Seeing? Not Quite Real.

Here's what the originals look like.

Reuters

Architecture That's Too Nice: 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.

Reuters

A Graffiti Artist's Ode to Oscar

Eduardo Kobra honors Oscar Niemeyer with a gigantic mural in Sao Paulo.

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If Only All City Lighting Looked Like This Charming Street in Athens

It's like a lamp store exploded in there!

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A Painstakingly Carved City Skyline the Size of a Coffee Table

"Sketching with a band saw" is how artist James McNabb describes his process for making his micro-lumber-cityscapes.

Flickr/IStoletheTV

Data-Mining NYC's Dog Obsession

New Yorkers: they're just like us.

Christina Lihan

Iconic City Landmarks, Right Out of the Land of Lilliput

Paper sculptures of architectural landmarks.

Photos
Howard Webb

What a Difference a Century Makes: Postcards of England, Then and Now

"Most of England looked a lot prettier than it does now, and people were a lot better dressed."

Maximo Riera

The 'Toad Sofa' Is 2013's Must-Have Chair

Obviously.

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Brooklyn Building Transforms Into a Huge Equalizer

Truly mesmerizing.

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Rorschmap

Awesome Images of the Day: Streetview Kaleidoscope

The world like you've never seen it before.

Youngsil Lee

Need Extra Room on the Subway? Try This Spiky 'Hedgehog' Dress

Youngsil Lee's garment raises a shield of skin-puncturing needles when its wearer feels threatened (or is just being a jerk).

Associated Press

When Pinball Was Illegal in New York (and Chicago and L.A.)

Can't hear those buzzers and bells.

Mark Byrnes

Toronto's Reimagined Maple Leaf Gardens Fulfills its Destiny (at Long Last)

There's no hockey, but a grocery store and sports center are drawing people from around the city.

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When Travel Writing Goes Wrong: 'Edgy' Berlin Edition

4 clichés every travelogue about Germany's capital apparently must include.

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Norwegian Train Promotion of the Day: Hours of Free Footage Up for Grabs

Happy 50th, Nordlandsbanen!