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A Historic Journey: The Trek to Mecca

Millions of Muslims converge on the Saudi Arabian city.

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Philip Stockton

Seeing New York City Simultaneously at Night and Day

It might take a minute to figure out that something's wrong with this short film.

Anthony Flint

Lessons From a Reinvented Military Base

The story of how this urban asset was re-purposed holds truths for cities engaged in similar transformations.

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Laugh Along With Mexico's 800 Clowns

The annual Clown Congress meets this week.

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Vincent Callebaut

The 8 Most Interesting Ideas to Revolutionize Urban Farms

These vertical spaces could change how we grow.

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This Bird Migrated Into a Skyscraper

Meet the Chicagoans who rescued it (and hundreds others) in what may be the most depressing job in the city.

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Bus Stop of the Day: Beethoven Duets in an English Station

Come one, come all!

Oddleif Apneset

Motion-Activated Shrooms Light Up Only When People Are Nearby

Lighting that still lets you see the stars.

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Grand Central Could Get a Giant, Elevating Observation Hoop

Architects honor New York's revered train station with a proposal that might make you want to dunk.

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This Atlas of 20th Century Architecture Weighs As Much As a Spare Tire

150 specialists, 750 buildings, 5,500 photographs, 100 years. Plus a crucial carrying case with a handle.

Luminous Photos of Phuket's Wild Vegetarian Festival

The celebration, which features massive face piercings, is not for the faint of heart.

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Strange Car Feature of the Day: A Seat That Feels Like It's Made of Fingers

Nissan researchers want to build a car with a human touch.

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Marlin Peterson

Colossal Arachnids Menace the Space Needle

Artist Marlin Peterson improved the Seattle Center with frighteningly realistic (and large) daddy longlegs.

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Does Tom Wolfe Get Miami Right?

His new novel Back to Blood is set in Miami. But critics are split on whether he captures the essence of the city.

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Jo Hedwig Teeuwisse

Visions of the Past: Recreating World War II in Today's Cities

A photography project reminds us that soldiers surrendered and prisoners marched on the same streets we walk along every day.

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A Japanese Luxury 'Hotel' Inside a Public Bathroom

The eternal dream of humankind – to enjoy room service while on the toilet – has finally come to fruition.

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Thousands Dance, Don Purple Robes for Panama's 'Black Jesus' Festival

Over 60,000 pilgrims come each year to pray for forgiveness.

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The Vacation Architecture of the Working Class

Meet the bungalows of New York City's Rockaway.

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A Matchmaker for New York's Privately Owned Public Spaces

A year after Occupy Wall Street, Jerold Kayden is on a mission to convince skyscraper owners that their plazas can be better.