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Softwalks

Turn Scaffolding Into a Cozy Seating Area

These chairs, tables and hanging flower pots latch on for easy relaxation.               

Courtesy of Joe Schmelzer

A Small-Space Design Bible

Author Kyle Schuneman talks interior design on the tiniest of budgets in his latest, The First Apartment Book: Cool Design for Small Spaces.

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Barreau&Charbonnet

Apartment Garden of the Day: Hanging Out the Window

It's a garden, it's a blind, it's something we should have thought of years ago.

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A Map of All the World's Hurricanes Since 1851

Here's a quite different way of looking at the history of tropical storms.

Urban Prototyping: San Francisco

The Next Generation of DIY Urbanism Projects: So Much Cooler Than Parklets

Just wait til you see the PPPlanter on a street corner near you.

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A Book Labyrinth Dissolves Back Into a Forest

Over the past two years, the books have molded and mildewed while gigantic orange mushrooms sprout from their pages.

Maps
Keith Bedford / Reuters

America's Leading College Towns

Mapping the metros with the largest share and largest number of college students.

Reuters

Convention Towns, Zoning Overhauls, and Physics Experiments: The Best #CityReads of the Week

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

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David Rumsey Map Collection

Maps of the Day: 33,000 of Them, At Your Disposal

This is the coolest website in the world.

Reuters

It's Valentine's Day in China

Mass weddings, bears eating hearts, kissing contests and more.

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Reddit

The Ritzy Seoul Neighborhood at the Heart of South Korea's Music Video Sensation

The song is a sly send-up of Gangnam's self-importance and ostentatious wealth.

Wikimedia Commons

How a Political Convention Helped Save America's First Modernist Skyscraper

In 2000, the RNC unwittingly became a preservationist force in Philadelphia.

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What Your Skyline Says About Your City

The physical space reveals something deeper about a place.

Muru Pops Down in Tytyri/Facebook

Restaurant Located Deep in a Finnish Mine Is Totally Booked (Of Course)

Diners at this "pop-down" kitchen near Helsinki can nosh on "friction-smoked whitefish" more than 260 feet underground.

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Public Interventions

Parks Weren't Always for Everybody

A new project in London tries to send that message through a playful, interactive installation.

Daniel Disselkoen

Commuter Game of the Day: Use This Monster Sticker to Eat People's Heads

Level one: Eat three people.

Flickr/City of West Hollywood

The Gayest Crosswalk Ever

Now there's always a rainbow at the intersection of San Vicente and Santa Monica.

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Siba Sahabi

The Istanbul Skyline, in Candles

Sticks mimic the city's ancient, curvy skyline.

Reuters

A Church That Looks Like a Giant Underground Labyrinth

Built in the 11th century, these rock stone monasteries are still in use today.