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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.

G. Eric and Edith Matson Photo Collection

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.

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Hans van Heeswijk Architects

Behold, the Single Family Tower

A home the grows upward, not out.

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2012's Best Smart Growth Projects, According to the EPA

A food store in Vermont, rezoning in Portsmouth, and five other neat efforts.

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Glow-in-the-Dark Parkour Performers Light Up Bangkok

Athletes sporting LED-studded suits cast neon streaks through markets and over roofs of the Thai metropolis.

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How Bruges Transformed a Vacant Soda Factory Into Town Hall

A spiffy refurbishment from Carlos Arroyo Arquitectos.

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Turning Mount Everest Trash Into Treasure

An artist creates sculptures out of the garbage found on the mountain top.

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The Empire State Building Becomes a Dancing, Twinkling Light Show

A sleek new system adds motion to the traditional "Tower Lights."

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Bus-Stop Ads Torn Straight From Dante's Inferno

In Berlin, a shadowy street artist known as Vermibus transforms mundane billboards into creepy macabre frightscapes

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Portland's New Velodrome a Big Win for Cyclists, Hematomas

A night of competitive cycling on "brakeless" single-speed cycles offers a veritable highlight reel of face planting and smashing into walls.

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Improv Everywhere

Prank of the Day: Black Friday at the Dollar Store

Improv Everywhere doin' that thing they do.

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A Jungle Gym for City Sidewalks

A knotty lattice of colorful play-tubes is an intriguing use of a public space.

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6 Absurd Architecture Projects

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a building!