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A Japanese Subway Train Composed of Music

All aboard the Math Homework Express!

Dror

A Man-Made, Net-Zero Energy Island Off the Coast of Istanbul

A proposal imagines 300,000 housing units built into six hyper-energy efficient domes.

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The Architectural Legacy of Spain's Building Boom

In the first decade of the 21st century, Spain was defined by bold building. But the recession has brought the country's architectural ambitious to a halt.

Now Boarding the Chicago L: Creepy, Disembodied Animal Heads

Artists modified this train to include gruesome animal specimens, grass growing on the walls and a campsite lit by an electric sunset.

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The Little Robot Who Grew Up to Devour a City

This music video tells the classic story of a robot making good, moving to the big city, and eating it.

Christian Hartmann / Reuters

Paris Commemmorates Its 2006 World Cup Defeat, in Bronze

"This statue goes against the tradition of making statues to honor victories," a museum official explained. "It is an ode to defeat."

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Paolo Cirio

Bringing the 'Ghosts' of Google Street View To Life

An artist recreates the scenes captured by Google's cameras.

Reuters

Even the Smell of Cigarettes Changes How We Use Public Spaces

Smokers and the battle for the outdoors.

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Florentijn Hofman

Plastic Bag Creation of the Day: The Slugs of Angers

Move over balloon animals. There's a new game in town.

Photos

A Skyscraper That Could Clean the Air

This proposed Chicago building doesn't look like much, but it could clean up the air around the city's expressway.

Reuters

Siberia's Weird, Wonderful Summer Rituals

Expansive landscapes, colorful festivals, and stuffed bears.

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Kingyobu

Turn Your Old Phone Booths Into Aquariums

A Japanese artist fills an old phone booth with water and goldfish, to the delight of passers-by.

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Jonathan Burton

An Optical Illusion Commemorates Nelson Mandela

Is it thorny prison bars or the South African leader's profile? Depends on where you stand.

NRDC

How California Legislated Its Way to Smarter Growth

A landmark 2008 land use law has led to more sustainable communities.

Vimeo/FidiGlobal

Crowdfunding a Skyscraper

You don't need a wealthy developer when you've got thousands of small investors.

Espegel-Fisac

How Spanish Urbanism Lost its Leading Edge

The country has long been a model for flashy, absurd infrastructure, but austerity is finally slowing it down.

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Moment Factory

Barcelona's Famed Cathedral Finally Gets the Color It Wanted

Special-effects wizards used Antoni Gaudì's sketches to psychedelically animate the La Sagrada Familia.

Be Open

A Box of Sound in Trafalgar Square

Be OPEN reminds us that public art doesn't have to be visual.

A Key Historic Preservation Tool Is on the Brink of Extinction

What's at stake if Congress cuts the historic preservation tax incentive.