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Vinsetta Garage

A Second Life for Detroit's Most Popular Garage

The Vinsetta is transformed into a restaurant.

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Yumi Tsushima

A Plush Rooftop Garden for Tokyo Shoppers

A new "green island" on top of a mall comes with more than 80 kinds of plants and an air purification system.

Maps

Inside the Secret Program to Build the World's Best Maps

Google's Ground Truth wants to create the most accurate maps in the world. Here's what that means for the future of everything.

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The Lifecycle of a 'Cool' Neighborhood

How a neighborhood evolves from the next big thing to over the hill.

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Kansas City's Google Divide and Cleveland's 'Poverty of Ambition': The Best #CityReads of the Week

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

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Luzinterruptus

Impromptu Library Of the Day: A River of Luminous Books in Melbourne

Thousands of books flood Federation Square in "Literature vs. Traffic."

Videos

A Missile Trail Can Be Quite Beautiful

Las Vegas and Phoenix were treated to a rare atmospheric lightshow on Thursday morning.

Conrad

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?

Linotype

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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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.

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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.