More importantly: Does a city get anything out of the exercise?
Our weekly roundup of the most intriguing articles about cities and urbanism we' ve come across in the past seven days.
Would you sit on a stool that had actual stool in it?
In short: The books should be more prominent than ever.
The process of mining that salt can produce beautiful landscapes.
An interview with Paul Tang, whose People's Recreation Community has tapped into an intriguing new market.
The demolition of a 175-foot-tall smokestack in Washington state experiences a slight hiccup.
The artsy Wynwood district was brought to life by Second Saturday. But the transition from art walk to street party has left some gallery owners cold.
A Cookie Monster gone rogue may finally precipitate a crackdown in Times Square.
A new book by Australian artist James Gulliver Hancock captures all the ones he's done so far.
Research shows the bastardized Chinese dish "yakamein" has all the nutrients you need to overcome a night of hard drinking.
The monumental work by American conceptual artist Mel Bochner represents a particularly sweet triumph of art.
The "iceberg" metaphor made literal.
With a long exposure and a flashlight, Jacques Domenge brings out the surreal beauty of the cherry trees after the crowds have gone.
Architectural artist Carl Laubin has combined every winner of the Richard H. Driehaus Prize into a single city, and the results make more sense than you might think.
Haven't you always wanted to brush your teeth over the streets of London?
At least 72 people were killed.
Photographer David Maisel has a knack for capturing the beauty and the horror of contaminated mines and toxic lakes.
Our weekly roundup of the most intriguing articles about cities and urbanism we've come across in the past seven days.