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Grand Central Could Get a Giant, Elevating Observation Hoop

Architects honor New York's revered train station with a proposal that might make you want to dunk.

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This Atlas of 20th Century Architecture Weighs As Much As a Spare Tire

150 specialists, 750 buildings, 5,500 photographs, 100 years. Plus a crucial carrying case with a handle.

Luminous Photos of Phuket's Wild Vegetarian Festival

The celebration, which features massive face piercings, is not for the faint of heart.

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Strange Car Feature of the Day: A Seat That Feels Like It's Made of Fingers

Nissan researchers want to build a car with a human touch.

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Marlin Peterson

Colossal Arachnids Menace the Space Needle

Artist Marlin Peterson improved the Seattle Center with frighteningly realistic (and large) daddy longlegs.

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Does Tom Wolfe Get Miami Right?

His new novel Back to Blood is set in Miami. But critics are split on whether he captures the essence of the city.

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Jo Hedwig Teeuwisse

Visions of the Past: Recreating World War II in Today's Cities

A photography project reminds us that soldiers surrendered and prisoners marched on the same streets we walk along every day.

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A Japanese Luxury 'Hotel' Inside a Public Bathroom

The eternal dream of humankind – to enjoy room service while on the toilet – has finally come to fruition.

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Thousands Dance, Don Purple Robes for Panama's 'Black Jesus' Festival

Over 60,000 pilgrims come each year to pray for forgiveness.

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The Vacation Architecture of the Working Class

Meet the bungalows of New York City's Rockaway.

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A Matchmaker for New York's Privately Owned Public Spaces

A year after Occupy Wall Street, Jerold Kayden is on a mission to convince skyscraper owners that their plazas can be better.

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Inside the Portland International Airport's Jellyfish Playpen

Concourse E has been invaded by a rainbow-colored swarm of gently swaying jellies.

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Frank Oudeman

The Best Thing About This Season's NYC Ballet Might Be the Seats

Three studios created creative seating areas for the famed "jewel box."

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Travel to More Than 60 Countries Without Leaving This Park

A new park in Copenhagen incorporates pop artifacts and cultural mementos from the area’s inhabitants.

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Liz Hickok

There's Always Room for Jell-O Molded to Look Like San Francisco

Liz Hickok has created dozens of urban Jell-O landscapes.

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Dragons Race at China's Annual Competition

Images of this weekend's Dragon Boat Open, and other competitions throughout the years.

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What Are the 7 Keys to a Strong Community?

Parks, community schools, and other essential elements.

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Clément Briend

A Paris Park Morphs Into a Forest of Screaming Gargoyles

Now these are some trees with personality.

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A Global View of Architectural Conservation: The Best #CityReads of the Week

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