Design

MPI's Zara Matheson

The 2012 Halloween Index

The metros best primed for trick-or-treating and Halloween revelry.

Reuters

On an Eerie New York Halloween

Hurricane Sandy has cast a long, spooky shadow.

Simon Landau/WUSA 9

This Could Be the World's Most Awkward Bathroom

Pop a squat for this week's uncomfortable edition of Toilet Tuesday.

ARO

Flashback: MoMA's Ideas to Combat Rising Seas in New York Harbor

Woulda, coulda, shoulda. 

Reuters

A Street Sign Kerfuffle, a Hipster Alliance and More: 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.

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Kanner Architects

The World's Least Boring Gas Stations

These gas stations do a better job than most at catching the eye of the weary driver.

Reuters

A Historic Journey: The Trek to Mecca

Millions of Muslims converge on the Saudi Arabian city.

Videos
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.

Reuters

Laugh Along With Mexico's 800 Clowns

The annual Clown Congress meets this week.

Photos
Vincent Callebaut

The 8 Most Interesting Ideas to Revolutionize Urban Farms

These vertical spaces could change how we grow.

Flint Creek Wildlife

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.

W.J. Mahler

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.

SOM

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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Phaidon Press

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.

Edler von Rabinstein/Shutterstock

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.

Photos
Marlin Peterson

Colossal Arachnids Menace the Space Needle

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