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Making Cities More Bird-Friendly With Nesting Bricks

Aaron Dunkerton wants to aid Britain's threatened sparrows by sheltering them in the fabric of urban architecture.

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The Most Sophisticated Flickr Maps We've Ever Seen

Telling encoded stories of politics, natural disasters and social movements.

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Flying Machine of the Day: An Airborne Bike for About the Cost of a Small Car

Don't get too excited — this prototype technically won't let you sail above your morning commute. 

An Effort to Gather the Best New Urban Policy Innovations in One Place

According to a survey of 200 experts.

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Vaguely Creepy Interactive Maps of the Day: Spying on Europe's Smart Cities

What would you do if you had access to all available centralized data?

Anne Stauche

Reverse-Skeuomorphism of the Day: A Zoomable Paper Map

Watch out, Google.

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The Saddest, Most Inspiring Story You'll Ever Read About Thumb Wrestling

James "Tigermonkey" Isaacs was having a rough year. Then he started thumb wrestling.

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London Has an Impossibly Weird House That Defies Physics

OK, who dropped acid into England's water supply?

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Watch Out, EasyJet: Europe's Newer, Faster Trains Are Gunning For You

European rail travel is often more expensive and harder to book than cheap, no-frills plane tickets. But that's about to change.

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In the Climate Change Economy, It's About Efficiency, Not Just Growth

North American cities are producing substantially less wealth per ton of greenhouse gas emissions than their European counterparts.

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The Thames Riverside Is About to Get a Whole Lot Fancier

London's waterfront has never quite managed the elegance of the Seine, but that's about to change, with the help of a little inspiration from New York.

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Beware the Pseudo-Historical Retrofit Craze Sweeping Over Europe

The planning debate that sparked Turkey's recent protests is part of a larger, kind of weird architectural trend.

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Are Global Cities Really Doomed to Become 'Citadels' for the Rich?

Surely there's something we can do about this.

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At Last, Sushi Served by Drones

A London fast food chain tests out its new robotic wait staff, to somewhat disastrous results.

Almost Nobody Washes Their Hands Properly After Using the Bathroom

Also, Brazil deploys an energy-generating toilet and Britain scares the hell out of potential drunk drivers.

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Visualizing the Stunning Growth of 8 Years of OpenStreetMap

Of course, these people know how to map their own mapping exploits.

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The New Global Start-Up Cities

Our first in a series examining the changing geography of venture capital and high-tech companies.

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These Funky 3D Paper Maps Bring a City's History to Life

Artist Matthew Picton evokes specific historical events or time periods with the art, text, even paper he chooses to use.

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The World's Most Popular Tourist Cities

How Bangkok became the hottest city for international travelers.