Design

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The Dumps, Train Tracks and Polluted Water Where Kids Play

With enough imagination, anything can be a playground.

Iwan Baan

Architecture for the Rest of Us

A public interest design firm sells the craft beyond the elite.

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A Christmas 'Tree' That Projects Videos, Lights, Even Sound

This eco-friendly sculpture re-imagines the classic city square decoration.

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La Pedrera Becomes a Building-Sized Canvas

Gaudi's famous architectural wonder celebrates its 100th birthday in style.

The Portrait of the Artist as Urban Planner

When he's not doing his day job, planner Neil Freeman likes to render the city in abstract and unique ways.

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Kaid Benfield

10 Techniques for Making Cities More Walkable

In Walkable City, Jeff Speck lays out ideas for making communities more hospitable to walkers.

The Fight to Save Frank Lloyd Wright's Phoenix Legacy

A builder wants to tear down one of the architect's most prized buildings. And in this developer-friendly city, stopping them is nearly impossible.

Mark Byrnes

Buffalo Residents Team Up to Buy Old Train Station a $3,000 Gift

Happy holidays, Central Terminal.

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Nation's Capital Ushers in the Holidays with an Exploding Christmas Tree

Next up: a rocket-propelled menorah?

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The Nuts and Bolts of Urban Living: 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.

Nikita Šohov & Karli Luik / Salto Architects

Path of the Day: The Russian Trampoline Road

Beats a moving walkway.

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China's Emerging Architectural Style

The country's building boom has given rise to a look that's fresh but also uniquely Chinese.

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Pouring Milk All Over Yourself: The Next Extremely Bizarre Trend?

This thought-provoking gag is the best new thing.

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Flashback: When Baghdad Was a Party City

The 11th century, Islamic Golden Age of science, medicine, math, and partying.

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Brent Toderian

6 Ideas Every City Should Steal From Barcelona

Lessons from one of the world models for vibrant urban living.

Who Destroyed This Iconic African-American Mural in Philadelphia?

The mural celebrating printmaker Dox Thrash is now a big, ugly square of paint.

Marcel Eskenazy

Santa Monica Passed a Law to Stop Parties at One House

When your parties require special legislation, you know you're doing something right.

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Hawaii's Spectular Ocean and Lava Show

The rare and stunning fusion of steam and waves could pull thrill-seekers to the island.

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A 70-Year-Old Documentary About Cities Shows We Haven't Come Very Far

The walkable, bikable suburb of the "future" looks an awful lot like the smart growth ideas of today.