Design

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Why Modernism Gets Blamed for Making Snowstorms Worse

It’s easy to take potshots when architects push the envelope. But the flat roof is problematic as a more basic matter of function.

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Christian Åslund

Wild Photos Recreate the City as Vintage Video Game

Introducing the Chinese metropolis of Honkey Kong.

This New Yorker Can Turn Ice Into Anything

The city's hardest working sculpture talks about his livelihood and living in the city.

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Scott Abesmasis/Flickr

The Limits of Urban Planning With LEGOs

What's lost when anything is possible.

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Julie Ruvolo

Scenes From Carnaval, the 'Largest Street Fair on the Planet'

The debauchery you're missing stuck at your desk.

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Todd Bieber

Handiwork of the Day: The Ski Chair Sled

Kings of the playground.

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10 Ways to Make Your Tiny Apartment Seem a Little Less Tiny

It's a bench! A bookcase! A coffee table! Or all three.

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Gary Gale

A Map of Dirty Place Names

Depending on your capacity for innuendo, of course.

Reuters

Odd Places to Spend the Night

Haven't you always wanted to sleep in a rusty car lofted over Amsterdam?

Videos

A Bulldog's-Eye View of Manhattan

Meet Harry Grumbles, an English bulldog who loves bacon, the ladies, and "being awesome."

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Creating Silhouettes of the City From Memory

The makers of Metroscapes discuss their unique and ghostly art of urban exploration.

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Please, Sit Back and Allow Moby to Explain All About L.A.'s Architecture

Did you know Moby is an architecture blogger now?

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Courtesy of AC Martin Partners

The New Tallest Building on the West Coast

The Wilshire Grand will beat out the current title-holder by 82 feet.

Lena Steinkühler

Acid Trip of the Day: New York Infrastructure Comes Alive

This is a final project for a Bachelor's Degree?

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Megan Heltzel/National Geographic Kids

Here's What the World's Largest Collection of Soon-To-Be-Recycled Shoes Looks Like

It took 25 magazine employees five hours to lay out the 16,407 used tennies.

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Russian Man Builds Fantastic DIY Playground with Logs, Roots, Car Parts

Originally hailed as a death trap, the jungle gym has now become a beloved part of Moscow.

Alex Brewer

The Church as Street Mural

In Washington, D.C., an abandoned church is transformed into an art installation.

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That Adorable Local Ad That Defined Your Childhood Ran in 100 Markets

The "Hello News" jingle personalized local TV news for a generation of watchers.

Reuters

The French 'Spider-Man' Freeclimbs in Havana

Daredevil Alain Robert takes his talents to Cuba.