Design

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See What NYC's Night Sky Would Look Like Without Light Pollution...in NYC

This public art piece gives viewers a glimpse of the city's complete star map.

The Miniature People That Populate Cities

Global street artist Slinkachu captures the loneliness and humor of life with model train people.

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The Age of the DIY Artist

Will self-managed musicians and artists continue to be rarities, or is that path finally becoming a reality on a greater scale?

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Public Space Idea of the Day: The Mushroom Tunnel of London

The winner of the "High Line for London" competition isn't very high at all.

Videos

Watch a Russian Factory Makeover on Super Fast Forward

A drab facility in Pervouralsk, Russia, gets a colorful new look in this time-lapse video by Sasha Aleksandrov.

Videos

A Video Installation Designed To Terrify Arachnophobes

A German art show channels 1950s horror flicks with gigantic, scurrying spiders.

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Where India Meets Tibet

See Bhaktapur, an ancient city on the edge of Kathmandu.

Sarah Goodyear

How Rust Became the New Urban Luxury Item

Everyone knows that the ghost of urban decay is as crucial to the High Line’s appeal as fancy design, if not more so.

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How Much Is Your Bumper Worth?

Thanks to GoBumper, you can paste ads on your car in exchange for prizes. But the "rewards" aren't all they're cracked up to be.

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Radio, Not the Internet, Might Be The Future of Local News

For the first time, neighborhoods will be able to bid on local radio wavelengths. Here's what that means for cities.

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Enticing Film Trailer of the Day: 'Lost Rivers'

Unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.

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The Power of the Movable Chair

A New York design competition aims to add more flexibility to The Battery.

Maps

The Seattle Band Map Keeps Getting More Complicated

A crazy chart of the interconnectedness of Seattle musical acts since the 1960s is still being updated.

Red Bull Racing

Commute of the Day: The Length of the Lincoln Tunnel in an F1 Race Car

Friday afternoon traffic this ain't.

Videos

New York City's Skyscrapers Blast Off to Mars

A far-out music video, using actual NASA footage, imagines New York's architecture taking a journey through space.

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Andrew Siu/Jeffrey Liu

Colorful, DIY Urban Neighborhoods ... for Birds

These makeshift shelters slap onto street poles with the help of magnets.

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What's a Language Worth to a Small Town in Scotland?

A fisherman's dialect dies out.

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The Great Wall of China's Great Wall of People

It's high season for tourists in the world's most populous country.

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Jeroen Musch

Climb This Mountain of Books

Can this flashy library outside Rotterdam combat the town's 10 percent illiteracy rate?