Barcelona

If Grannies Did Graffiti, It Might Look Like This Yarn Tagging

A shadowy Madrid artist is methodically wrapping European cities in chaotic fabric webs.

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Belgrade Cancels Its Gay Pride Parade, Again: This Week in Bans

Also, Britain bans curves from school architecture and two chaps get exiled from an all-you-can-eat Mongolian restaurant.

The Architectural Legacy of Spain's Building Boom

In the first decade of the 21st century, Spain was defined by bold building. But the recession has brought the country's architectural ambitious to a halt.

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How Spanish Urbanism Lost its Leading Edge

The country has long been a model for flashy, absurd infrastructure, but austerity is finally slowing it down.

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Barcelona's Famed Cathedral Finally Gets the Color It Wanted

Special-effects wizards used Antoni Gaudì's sketches to psychedelically animate the La Sagrada Familia.

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Time Is Currency in Spain's Cities

With plenty of time, and no Euros, some Spaniards are putting hours in the bank.

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The World's Leading Cities for Fashion

The places with a disproportionate impact on what gets made, admired, and sold.

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Are Our Transit Maps Tricking Us?

Subway maps distort the reality on the ground for all kinds of reasons. What happens when we make decisions based on them?

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ESPN's #1 Show in Latin America Is About Cities

For a show ostensibly about soccer, Capitales del Fútbol is extremely low on sports highlights.

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Data-Mining a City's Visual Identity

Researchers train an algorithm to tell us why Paris looks like Paris.

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Writing the Rules for Smart Cities

There still isn’t a common language or science of cities for the 21st century, but that could change.

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Does Neighborhood Rebranding Work?

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

In Barcelona, a 69-Foot Vertical Park

The balconies in the apartment have planters, built-in benches, and even fountains.

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Travel Advice of the Day: Head to Las Vegas, or Hanoi

Trip Advisor ranks the cheapest and most expensive vacation cities for Americans this summer.

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The Future of Car Commuting

Road trains — semi-autonomous highway platoons — recently completed a promising trial, but questions remain.

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What the Recession Looks Like in Spain

Images tell the story of the country's struggle to get its economy back in order.

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In Praise of Smelly Places

Your sense of smell is intimately connected to your experience of a place and your memory of it. So why don't cities take greater advantage of this?

The Hit and Miss Architecture of New Courthouses

A tour of emerging trends in courthouse design.

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Barcelona Without Its Bulls

Is one of Spain's most famous traditions fading away?