Design

Feargus O'Sullivan

Knitting the Olympics

The cutest tribute to the Games we've come across – just don't tell the brand police.

Reuters

The Shopping Mall Turns 60 (and Prepares to Retire)

The inventor of the suburban indoor mall came to rue his creations. But now they are dying off anyway.

Flickr

McDonald's Conspires to Keep Olympic Visitors From Real English Chips

If this sounds trivial to you, you don’t know Britain.

Ramiro Gomez

An L.A. Artist Makes Immigrant Workers Impossible to Ignore

Ramiro Gomez plants cardboard cutouts of domestic service employees in wealthy neighborhoods.

Photos
Courtesy: Over The Rhine blog

The Park at the Forefront of Cincinnati's Revitalization

Recently refurbished Washington Park is grounding an impressive historic preservation movement.

Debra Bruno

Can an Ancient Chinese City Pursue Preservation Without Disney-fication?

One of China’s last walled cities is having an identity crisis.

Videos

This Is What It Will Look Like When the Plants Take Over London

One British designer imagines future office space as symbiotic orchid farms.

Flickr

Abandoned Tunnel Use of the Day: An Underground Disco

London pays tribute to Saturday Night Fever with a party in some abandoned train tunnels.

Videos
FansOfChangi/YouTube

Singapore Airport Unveils the 'World's Largest Kinetic Art Sculpture'

"Kinetic Rain" is airport art that actually doesn't suck.

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Courtesy: Mesh Architects

A Cultural Center That Looks a Little Like a Floating Ferris Wheel

The acrobatic structure spirals over an open air performance space in the water.

Maps

Graphic of the Day: Jerusalem's Sound Map

Mapping the city's church bells, sirens, and calls to prayer.

Photos

In Houston, a Fire Station's Second Life

A century-old fire house gets remade, pole and all.

riptheskull/Flickr

Greetings From a Dam

Why there are so many old postcards of dams.

Reuters

When Bulls Tear Through a City's Streets

Photos from the running of the bulls.

Littlest Kansas Town Has Biggest Bathroom Pride

Here's the poop on the latest, greatest toilet news from around the world.

A Better Vision for Apple's Cupertino Campus

The company is missing a key opportunity to develop a walkable neighborhood.

Reuters

Can City Dwellers Have Nice Things?

Violence at New York's McCarren Park Pool has some suggesting all urban resources fall prey to the tragedy of the commons. Here's why this thinking is flawed.

Maps
Edwin Chen

Map of the Day: Soda vs. Pop vs. Coke

This time, based on Twitter data.

Photos
Courtesy: PRODUCTORA

A Mobile Library for Artists

This library on wheels carries over 1,200 books by or about contemporary artists around Mexico City.