Design

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Brilliant Bike Lock of the Day: The Pole-Mounted Bicycle Elevator

A bike lock that only a monkey could pick.

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Isaac Cordal

Legions of Tiny Men Infiltrate Croatia

Is it a Leprechaun attack?

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Designing the Font for the World's Tallest Building

The distinctive Arabic typography created for the Burj Khalifa.

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Ashley Wells

These Nifty Solar Panels Can Transmit Sunlight Underground to the Lowline

A team shows off its invention, which would make underground parks possible.

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Wikimedia Commons

Time Travel Back to Los Angeles, Circa 1969

A haunting and poetic portrayal of what was then seen as the city of the future.

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Questionable Smartphone Accessory of the Day: the iPhone Shiv

Worried your new iPhone 5 will be the object of thieves? What if it came with a small utility blade?

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Minimizing the Urban Heat Island Effect Could Reduce Rainfall

White roofs help bring down the heat, but researchers worry they could also stop the rain.

Reuters

Intimate Scenes on the Streets of Quito

The capital of Ecuador has one of the best-preserved city centers in Latin America.

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Ideas for Cramming 1 Million More People Into New York City

The city's population is expected to mushroom to 9.1 million by 2030. Here's a novel way to accommodate that growth.

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How Sports Teams Are Making Cities Greener

Leagues are taking an impressive range of innovative and cost-effective steps toward sustainability.

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Library of Congress

New York State's Curious, Century-Old Law Requiring Every City and Town to Have a Historian

Is this still a good idea?

Daici Ano

Bird House? Try a Bird Apartment Building

This swanky avian domicile can fit up to 78 finch families and one human voyeur.

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Reviving New York Harbor With Oysters: Why Hasn't This Happened Yet?

It's been more than two years since Columbia University professor Kate Orff made waves with her "Oyster-tecture" proposal. She's still pushing.

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Steven Siegel

Mementos of NYC's 'Missing Limb'

Long-time city photographer Steven Siegel recalls one of his favorite subjects, the World Trade Center.

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Luc Schuiten

The 'Vegetal' Cities of Luc Schuiten: A Sustainability Fantasy

The visionary architect imagines metropolises built like vast orchards.

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A Diary of Camping in New York City

One couple's quest to find serenity in "the wilderness" of Staten Island.

Reuters

Giant Head Sees All on the Beaches of Rio

Great public art, or the setup for a hilarious jet-ski accident? You be the judge.

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Julian Sarthou/Phaidon Press Ltd.

For the Love of Concrete

A new book aims to repair the reputation of the much-maligned composite.

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Remembering a Pioneer of American Architecture Photography

Jack Boucher spent his life preserving historic buildings with his camera.