Design

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What Japan Would Look Like if it Were Made of 1.8 Million LEGOs

A group of students recreate the country.

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Which American Cities Won the Most Medals?

When it comes to the Games, the West Coast dominates.

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The Case for Weird Buildings, Indianapolis Skepticism, and a Renter's Respite: The Best #CityReads of the Week

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

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Dwight Howard, the Lakers, and the Spiky NBA

Big cities continue to dominate the competition for basketball superstars.

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Does This Boston Mural Contain a Hidden Terrorist Message?

Almost certainly not, but that isn't stopping Fox News commentators from seeing a "female Muslim suicide bomber."

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Berlin's Plastic Wrap Art

See garbage and cling wrap molded into sculpture.

Bernhard Burkard

A Quasi-Hammock for City Streets

An easy-to-carry lounge chair can be deployed against buildings and trees.

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An Underground Religious Sect, Literally

70 sectarians are found living in an underground bunker in Russia.

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Inside a German Prison That's Now An Artsy Hostel

Going to jail has never been so fun.

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Peter Root

A City of Staples

A miniature megalopolis.

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A Glowing Run Through Edinburgh

Hundreds of walkers get decked out in glowing lights and run over Arthur's Seat to illuminate the iconic landmark.

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Antonin Fourneau

Graffiti, Created With Water Guns

A French artist has built a giant water-sensitive light-board for your artistic pleasure.

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In Philadelphia, a Porch for an Entire City

A block-long plaza replaces an unnecessary parking lane with tables, shade, and perhaps a farmers’ market or beer garden.

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Steed Taylor

The World's Biggest Gay Rights 'Tattoo'

Artist Steed Taylor unravels the story behind Chicago's "Galloon," a tribute to out gays and lesbians in the military.

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A Greener, Safer Empty Lot

How a little yardwork can reduce crime and improve a neighborhood's sense of safety.

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Video of the Day: Interactive Shadow Art in Kiev

Watch your vibrations battle geometric forms thanks to the handiwork of two Ukrainian architects.

You've Heard of Skyscrapers. But What About a 'Depthscraper'?

It's basically a giant hole in the ground, designed to withstand Japanese earthquakes.

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The Lost Arpeggios of Rush Hour

The best idea we've ever heard for swiping into the subway has sadly fallen on deaf ears. Any takers?

Fill That Vacant Parking Space With a Rent-a-Tree

A designer in Milan creates mobile mini-parks.