Design

Bernhard Burkard

A Quasi-Hammock for City Streets

An easy-to-carry lounge chair can be deployed against buildings and trees.

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An Underground Religious Sect, Literally

70 sectarians are found living in an underground bunker in Russia.

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Inside a German Prison That's Now An Artsy Hostel

Going to jail has never been so fun.

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Peter Root

A City of Staples

A miniature megalopolis.

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A Glowing Run Through Edinburgh

Hundreds of walkers get decked out in glowing lights and run over Arthur's Seat to illuminate the iconic landmark.

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Antonin Fourneau

Graffiti, Created With Water Guns

A French artist has built a giant water-sensitive light-board for your artistic pleasure.

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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.

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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.

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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.