Design

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Genius Gift Idea of the Day: The Folding Kayak

It's 12 feet long, weighs 25 pounds, and you can store it under the bed.

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Hitler Pond to Judas Creek: A Brief History of Controversial Place Names

As Russia considers reviving "Stalingrad," we scan the map for other unsavory historical figures.

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How Cities Celebrate Thanksgiving

Traditions from around the country.

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Thanksgiving Parade Helium: Too Expensive?

The cost to fill all those balloons is nearly twice what it was 15 years ago.

Craig Small

Vending Machine of the Day: the Biblio-Mat

Feeling lucky?

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KCA Architects

An Artist Transforms Old Milk Cartons Into Fluffy Clouds

A new exhibit on New York's Governors Island turns trash into funky plastic sculptures.

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'Drivelapse' of the Day: Route 66 in 3 Minutes

Brian DeFrees captures the big and small spots along the highway.

What If Westerners Had Their Safe Toilets Taken Away?

They'd join the ranks of one in three women worldwide who face "shame, disease, harassment and even attack," according to WaterAid.

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Incredible Sculptures Made From Bike Parts

It's astonishing to see what somebody can conjure from the leavings on a fix-it shop's floor.

Preparing for the Inevitable: Digitally Preserving San Francisco's Oldest Building

Mission Dolores may not survive the next Big One, but a laser-assisted rendering project could help rebuild it.

Stockton Ports

Goofy Sports Logo of the Day: Stevedore Steve and the 5 O'Clock Dock

Savoring the small intersection between minor league baseball and vegetables.

Ian Springford Architects

A Hotel Room That Comes to You

An idea for a website that uses social media to bring portable, comfy hotel rooms to itinerant travelers the world over.

Mark Bergen

Can India's 'City of Architects' Green the Building Industry?

The country's national construction is on pace to heighten emissions by nearly 400 percent in less than 40 years. But these designers are trying to change that.

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Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid Designs an Alien Mothership for Tokyo

The famed architect's vision for Tokyo's New National Stadium is gorgeous and a little intimidating.

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A Polygamous Town Built Into a Mountain

A small community of fundamentalist Mormons literally carved homes into the side of a massive sandstone rock in Utah.

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This Net-Zero Cottage Takes Tiny Houses to a Whole New Level

With its shiny recycled-metal rain screen and jauntily angled rooftop solar array, the 712-square-foot cottage is charming and sustainable.

Philly Painting

Can a Paint Job Change a Neighborhood's Future?

Philly Painting mobilizes the community to bring a new look to a blighted neighborhood.

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Residential Mobility Changes the Way You Make Friends

A new study finds that moving a lot leads to loneliness — but also leads us to expand our social networks.

Reuters

The Secret to Buffalo's Farm-to-Table Culture

An interview with Christa Glennie Seychew, who's helped reinvigorate the city's local food movement.