Design

Lost Treasure of the Day: Edmonton's Streetcar Bookmobile

How good things once were!

At Least We Have a LEGO Version of the Berlin Airport

A scale model of the troubled airport project was completed before the original.

6 Hyper Exotic Urban Gardens

A surprisingly large number involve cars.

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The Fascinating Design Challenges of Building Cities Out of Chewing Gum

Gum architecture doesn't stand the test of time, but that's what Jérémy Laffon likes about it.

Videos

The Nuclear Option for Rude Subway Riders: Wearable Speakers

It's about 100 times worse than listening to music without headphones.

Challenge of the Day: Three Words to Describe New York

Shorter city pride.

It Took 600 Hours To Assemble This 'Manically Detailed' LEGO City

Mike Doyle's model uses 200,000 LEGOs; it's the first in a series of thematically-linked works.

Videos

Will Somebody Please Make This Old-School Graffiti Video Game?

Real-life graffiti artists star in this fake 32-bit arcade game taking place in cities across North America.

Parking Spots Are Replacing Vibrant Street Life in Yangon

The social life of Yangon takes place in sidewalk cafes. But they're in danger of disappearing as the city embarks on a road-widening effort.

Bizarre Preservation Fixation of the Day: Ronald Reagan's Childhood Home

Two years of Reagan's youth wasn't enough to save this apartment house.

John J. Gumperz, Who Mapped the Infrastructure of Spoken Language, Dies at 91

He pioneered the study of how people convey and conceal meaning and social standing with words, intonations, and accents.

Videos

Does Giving Out High Fives Make Riding the Subway Fun?

Probably not, but that didn't stop one artist in Milan from standing outside the station slapping skin all day.

5 Unusual Ideas for 'Greening' a School

Visions for sustainable building in the education system courtesy the National Building Museum.

Don't Worry, the Spanish Are Already Protesting the 2020 Olympics

Artists in Madrid railed against the "destruction" of the Games with artwork made from what looks like Molotov cocktails.

A Photo Collection of Britain's Strangest Traditions

Burning boats, foam-covered students, and a good old-fashioned joust.

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An Awful Person Destroyed Golden Gate Park's 'Fairy Door'

San Francisco just got a little less whimsical.

The Strange Decline of the Philly Accent

Linguists are still trying to understand the surprising evolution of how Philadelphians speak.

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2013 Opening Day: Baseball Begins

Fans descend on ballparks around the country as Major League Baseball gets underway.

Jokes of the Day: April Fools Urbanist Round-Up

Perhaps all humor really is local.