Design

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Flying Above New York City

These riders swing through the air with the greatest of ease.

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A Group Desk That's Part Coat Hanger, Part Skateboard

A new design aims to facilitate flexible interaction in tight spaces.

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14 Keys To Building People Friendly Communities

Ideas about creating sustainable places where people actually want to live.

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The Fun Is Real But the Beach Is Not

Urban beaches offer the pleasures of the seaside without the cost of getting there.

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Does Neighborhood Rebranding Work?

Three international case studies illustrate the challenges of re-naming a place.

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Is Detroit Becoming a Suburb?

A provocative op-ed in the Detroit News raises tough questions about Detroit's revival and other cities. 

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Bad Idea of the Day: A Bench That Plays Any Music You Want

You can set your iPod to blast from a bench in Moscow. Ugh.

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19 Metros That Will Hit 1 Million By 2042

A new report predicts that more than half of America will live in a metro area with a million people or more by 2042.

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A Roof That Looks Like Water

The roof of the London Aquatic Center is an undulating wave of aluminum supported by Red Lauro timber and more than 3,000 tons of steel.

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The Park Bench Stretch

Turning this public park staple into a personal gym.

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Romania Walls In Its Roma

The town of Baia Mare has relocated its Roma population to decrepit Communist-era buildings, and walled in their new home.

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How Cranky Are Londoners?

With a Twitter-based mood-measuring lightshow displayed on the London Eye, we're about to find out.

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A New Model for Green Schools

A school in Portland, Oregon, is housed in a super-green building. And that's just the beginning.

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Behold, the World's Tallest Concept Building (That Of Course Was Never Built)

There are skyscrapers. And then there are skypenetrators, like the X-Seed 4000.

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London Olympics Opening Ceremonies Changes Tied to Transportation Concerns

A few scenes have been trimmed to ensure all attendees will be able to catch the last trains home.

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What if Coney Island Took Over Manhattan?

With a bit of CGI help, we now know what it would look like if New York City was one big amusement park.

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Why Tehran Shut Down Its Coffee Shops

Police shuttered 87 establishments this weekend. Perhaps gatherings of caffeinated, web-savvy young people make the government nervous?

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This Is Probably the Tiniest House Ever Built

An architect designs a one square meter home that you can sit, stand, even sleep in.

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Can You Say Kvæsthusgade?

A light and sound installation helps foreigners pronounce crazy Danish street names.