Design

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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.

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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.

Reuters

Kicking Off Yom Kippur With Chicken Dolls and Goldfish

In Israel, Orthodox Jews prep for the Day of Atonement.

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US National Park Service/ASLA

This Is What a City Guide Should Look Like

A new website offers tours and information on Washington's urbanism.

Flickr/NCinDC

A More Pressing Park(ing) Day: The Best #CityReads of the Week

Our weekly look back at the stories you may have missed.

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Lorelyn Medina/Shutterstock

Fun Job of the Day: Russian Garbageman

Where do I send my résumé?

Kawamura-Ganjavian

For Weary Commuters, Try This Head-Eating Pillow

The "Ostrich Pillow" fits snugly over the cranium like a fabric womb.

Reuters

Mao Makes a Comeback

Images of the former Chinese leader have been popping up around the country.

Biomorphis

A High Line to Speed Commutes in Edinburgh

The proposed park bridges two sides of an old elevated railway, creating a more direct route across town.

Flickr/rjcox

The Outsized Legacy of Baltimore's Memorial Stadium

Camden Yards may have been a groundbreaking project, but plenty of locals still long for a less stylish sports past.