Design

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Want to Show People the Benefits of Transit? Build a Pretend Train Station

A two-day pop-up train station lands in Miami.

Alexis Fleisig

Inside 'iCombat,' New York's Controversial New Laser Tag Attraction

What I learned playing America's most realistic family entertainment war game.

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What SXSW Can Tell Us About the Geography of Indie Music

Texas cities account for three of the top 10 metros, and nearly one in five SXSW acts hail from Texas.

Katsuya Arai

The Humble Public Bench Gets a Dramatic Makeover

Boston prepares to debut 20 bench designs that re-imagine the experience of sitting on the street.

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Tom Connors, Folk Singer and Chronicler of All Things Canada, Dies at 77

"Stompin' Tom" sang about the life of a streetcar driver, hauling a load of potatoes from Prince Edward Island.

David Agnello

Library Art of the Day: Light Beams for Every Search in Wyoming

Enter the filament mind.

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Diplomacy/Avalon Hill

Diplomacy: The Map That Ruined a Thousand Friendships

Allan Calhamer's brilliant geographic legacy.

Atelier Zündel Cristea

Turn That Ugly Old Power Plant Into an Amusement Park

One architect's vision for the Battersea Power Station in southwest London.

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Higher Ground

How Boston Fit a Giant New Farm Into the City ... Seamlessly

Higher Ground, the world's second largest rooftop farm, contributes fresh food but doesn't interfere with density and walkability.

Sustainable Playland Inc.

Westchester County's Plan to Ruin Your Childhood Memories

Does saving Playland have to mean destroying its beloved rides?

Uncovering the First, Fascinating Rulebook for Subway Sign Design

A legendary document brought to the masses.

Plan B Architecture & Urbanism

What If the Entire World Lived in 1 City?

Two Yale architects pose the question in an ambitious research project.

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John Metcalfe

The Bay Lights Finally Turn On, and the Results Are Fantastic

For the next two years, San Francisco will get to stare at a shimmering, ever-changing galaxy of lights on the Bay Bridge.

Street-Stencil King Logan Hicks Gets a Pop-Up Show in L.A.

It's only for three days, so catch it if you can.

Reuters

If You Tried to See the Bay Lights from Treasure Island, You Are Probably Angry Right Now

People who traveled east of San Francisco to view the Bay Lights could see nothing but cold rain and horrible traffic.

Urban Farmers Ltd.

The Farming Technique That Could Revolutionize the Way We Eat

Aquaponics uses fish to create soil-less farms that can fit into cities much easier.

Reuters

'Detroit Isn't Some Kind of Abstract Art Project'

A new book provides some crucial perspective on Michigan's most embattled municipality.

Reuters

Myanmar Gets a Facelift

Scenes from the streets of Yangon.

Courtesy Brandon Stanton

'Humans of New York' Makes an International Brand's Screw Up Pay Off for City Kids

Clothing label DKNY used photographer Brandon Stanton's images without his permission, but this story has a happy ending.