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The Fuzzy Future of London's Olympic Stadium

The city's search for a post-games stadium occupant has been disappointingly fruitless so far.

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Video of the Day: Birds-Eye London

A Mary Poppins-esque view of the city.

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A Queen's Reign, Through Exhibit

At London's National Portrait Gallery, the Queen gets her close-up many times over.

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The Two Towers of London's Olympic Misgivings

An army missile turret and the unveiling of The Orbit have dominated U.K. headlines this week.

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Plastic Straw Bans Are the New Plastic Bag Bans

Environmentalists have kicked off a campaign called "Straw Wars" to rid London's Soho district of drinking straws.

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Just How Bad Is Noise Pollution for Our Health?

At best, noise is distracting. But the distraction can have significant consequences.

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Eyeing Industrial Excess for Home Heating in the U.K.

Researchers identify a method to reuse heat from steel factories to warm homes.

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A Brief History of Observation Towers

As London debuts its newest structural wonder, a tour of its counterparts around the world.

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A Micro-Market for Vacant Housing

A London company matches flexible tenants with landlords who would otherwise be sitting on empty buildings.

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The Shipping Container City Boom

More and more, shipping containers are being used to create big, inter-connected work spaces and homes.

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London's Brand Olympics

The Games have provided an unprecedented opportunity, not always welcome, for companies to attach their names to parts of the city.

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Greening Traffic Lights By Turning Them Off

If sign-less intersections reduce collisions, they almost certainly also consume less energy.

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This Week in Bans: Vienna Finally Removes an Anti-Semitic Street Sign

Also, Ireland puts the chill on tanning beds and trashy fashion models of the U.K., beware.

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London's Newest Export: The Poor?

The Olympics promised a fresh start for deprived East London. But they may end up forcing the poor out.

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The Rise of the Temporary City

Pop-up spaces are having a permanent impact on the way we build.

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A Mural About City-Building That Actually Doesn't Stink

This time-lapse video chronicles painted cranes as they "build" a city from the ground up, with real-life objects blending into two dimensions and vice versa.

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This Week in Bans: Michigan Town Terrorized by 'Monster' Graffiti

Also, a girl can't wear the Confederate flag to prom in Tennessee; the British can't even support their own Olympics; Yertle the Turtle is banned in Canada.

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'If Your Place Needs a Slogan, It Has a Problem': A Conversation with the Creative Director of Manchester

After a career spent designing album covers, Peter Saville talks about his unique role in crafting his hometown's identity.

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Are London's 2012 Logos the Worst in Olympic History?

The city is trying to showcase its quirky side. Instead, its Olympic symbols have become a laughing stock.