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Will Venice Finally Get Its First Skyscraper?

And will it look like a giant glass skirt out of the Jetsons?

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How a School Project Saved Muncie's Historic Neighborhoods

Students and professors at Ball State University fought to preserve the city's many historically significant buildings.

Chris Herrin

The Limits of Commissioned Street Art

Graffiti artists were invited to Atlanta to paint. And then they weren't.

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New York Unveils a Gigantic Group Swing

This art installation seats 42, and comes complete with audio, readings and pigeons.

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A Hyper-Lapse Music Video of Kaleidoscopic Architecture

Fragments of buildings seem to float and spin in the sky in this mesmerizing clip.

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Residents Flee Panama's Sinking Islands

The indigenous people of San Blas are forced to relocate, thanks to rising seas and climate change.

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The Case for Simplified Coffee Shop Ordering

Forget "venti cafe latte." One London store would rather you ask for a "cup of really really milky coffee."

Samuel Krueger

The 'Strong Core' Theory of Los Angeles

Samuel Krueger believes he's identified a structure to L.A. that's not unlike Manhattan or Chicago's Loop.

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History Lessons: The 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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Myanmar's 2012 Balloon Festival Experiences a Flaming Hiccup

In Southeast Asia, the Hindenburg makes a hair-raising encore.

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Lyon Awash in Lights

Larger-than-life men and a glowing cathedral.

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Kenneth Murray

Atlanta's Newest Airport Art Celebrates Violent Storms and 'Boobs'

That's pretty much all you could ask for in an artwork, right?

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How a City in Decline Sold Itself to Its Own Residents

By the late 1980s, many San Angelinos had given up on their Texas town. But an innovative program reminded them of their architectural heritage.

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New Identity of the Day: The New Orleans Hornets Become the Pelicans

Let's go Pels!

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Oscar Niemeyer's Complex, Controversial Urban Vision

The work of the great Brazilian architect, who died Wednesday, continues to enchant and appall students of architecture and urban planning.

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America Is Finally Closing Prisons. Now What Do We Do With Them?

The trickiest reuse challenge yet.

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A House Built Into a Sewer

Talk about an impressive retrofit.

Cigarettes Are (Good) for the Birds

Seriously. According to a new study, the filters keep parasites out of nests.

Explore a Japanese City Built From 100 Gingerbread Houses

Take a tour through savory alleys and delicious plazas from a gingerbread man's perspective.