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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.

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The Dumps, Train Tracks and Polluted Water Where Kids Play

With enough imagination, anything can be a playground.

Iwan Baan

Architecture for the Rest of Us

A public interest design firm sells the craft beyond the elite.

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A Christmas 'Tree' That Projects Videos, Lights, Even Sound

This eco-friendly sculpture re-imagines the classic city square decoration.

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La Pedrera Becomes a Building-Sized Canvas

Gaudi's famous architectural wonder celebrates its 100th birthday in style.

The Portrait of the Artist as Urban Planner

When he's not doing his day job, planner Neil Freeman likes to render the city in abstract and unique ways.

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Kaid Benfield

10 Techniques for Making Cities More Walkable

In Walkable City, Jeff Speck lays out ideas for making communities more hospitable to walkers.

The Fight to Save Frank Lloyd Wright's Phoenix Legacy

A builder wants to tear down one of the architect's most prized buildings. And in this developer-friendly city, stopping them is nearly impossible.

Mark Byrnes

Buffalo Residents Team Up to Buy Old Train Station a $3,000 Gift

Happy holidays, Central Terminal.

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Nation's Capital Ushers in the Holidays with an Exploding Christmas Tree

Next up: a rocket-propelled menorah?

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The Nuts and Bolts of Urban Living: 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.

Nikita Šohov & Karli Luik / Salto Architects

Path of the Day: The Russian Trampoline Road

Beats a moving walkway.

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China's Emerging Architectural Style

The country's building boom has given rise to a look that's fresh but also uniquely Chinese.