Design

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The Visual Signature of Your City

In Instagram photos.

Here's What It Used to Look Like When the NSA Spied on Foreigners

A once thriving hub of Cold War espionage, built on a Berlin hill made of World War II rubble.

Let There Be Light: Coney Island's Parachute Jump Gets Blinged Out

Will the post-Sandy makeover lure visitors back?

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Has Inspired an Entire Collection of Fan Fiction

Because of course.

Maps

Where We're Obsessed With Zombies

And what this says about the geography of the web.

The Met's Museum Buttons Will Rest in Nostalgic Peace

The world of art lovers couldn't be any sadder that they'll be gone after this weekend.

The Saddest, Most Inspiring Story You'll Ever Read About Thumb Wrestling

James "Tigermonkey" Isaacs was having a rough year. Then he started thumb wrestling.

The Charming, Forgotten Remains of Route 66

Shells of wigwam hotels, drive-in theaters, and hokey gift shops.

Photos

Peep at These Fantastic Vintage City Panoramas

You won't find better old cityscapes than the ones in this Library of Congress collection.

San Francisco's City Hall Is Now a Technicolor Rainbow

Never has a hub of governance looked so fabulous.

Suburbia in Sand: Choose Your Own Metaphor

An art installation on San Francisco's China Beach examines the tract home as a symbol for the American Dream.

Fantasy Versions of New York, Continuously Scrambled

Multimedia artist Brian Foo's latest project explores how urban forms shapes our lives.

Green Spaces That Actually Calm the Mind and Body

After 20 years of creating retreats from the stress of urban living, the TKF Foundation has an intuitive sense of what makes them work.

Photos

London Has an Impossibly Weird House That Defies Physics

OK, who dropped acid into England's water supply?

The Architecture of Electrical Power, Then and Now

Dazzling power structures both old and new, photographed by an expert.

How Gaudí's Reputation Was Rehabbed

Taking stock of the once-forgotten architect's surrealist legacy on his 161st birthday.

Grab Your Wooden Effigies! It's San Juan Day in Spain

The country celebrates by lighting beach bonfires up and down the coast.

Videos

Vertigo Integration: Street View Goes to the Top of the World's Tallest Building

Google takes its cameras to a street of the vertical variety.

The Supermoon, as Seen From Cities Around the World

This was the largest and brightest the moon will look until August 2014.