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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.

KG'MG Architects

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.

Wikimedia Commons

Nuclear Bomb National Park?

Lawmakers want the sites of the Manhattan Project preserved as historical parks.

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C. Doersch et. all

Data-Mining a City's Visual Identity

Researchers train an algorithm to tell us why Paris looks like Paris.

Reuters

This House Can Sit, Stand, Even Roll Over

Outside of Prague, a home that is able to move up and down and rotate on its sides.

Wikipedia

The Unlikely History of 'Toad Suck,' Arkansas

Turns out a weirdly named landmark can be quite beneficial to the local economy.

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Fashion Innovation of the Day: The World's First Programmable T-Shirt

Wear your tweets on your sleeve.

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In Lake Placid, the Olympics Are Still Very Much Alive

The Games infrastructure is woven into the fabric of the city.

Toilet Tuesday: Where the Heck Are the NYSE's Female Bathrooms?

Your weekly eruption of the world's best bathroom news.

Walnut Studiolo

Lugging a Bike Up Apartment Stairs? Why Not Use a Handle

Portland designers crafted this leather strap to make carrying a bicycle a little easier.

Reuters

Hiroshima, 67 Years Later

Communities across the world remember and agitate for changes to nuclear regulations.

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Viktor Kölbig

Make a Houseplant Into a Lamp, via German Ingenuity

Lightly stroking your plants can light up the room.

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Historically Responsible Decision of the Day: the Antakya Museum-Hotel

When life gives you a giant mosaic, build a museum-hotel.

Reuters

How Casinos Are Failing the Elderly

Are casinos really the most responsible form of recreation we can offer our seniors?