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All You Really Need to Know About the 2020 Summer Olympics Bids

A cheatsheet on which city might be chosen as the next future host of the Summer Olympics—Tokyo, Madrid, or Istanbul.

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In California, Transgender Students Get a Big Bathroom Win

In other toilet news, Juggalo porta-potties are disgusting, a Japanese toilet is hackable, and a man allegedly bombs a gas-station commode with a skunk.

Would This Insanely Complex Diagram Help You Navigate a Subway System?

Tokyo made a guide to its labyrinthine underground network. But despite their good intentions, it may as well have been drawn by M.C. Escher.

Tokyo Museum Unveils the Spookiest Art Exhibit We've Ever Seen

When was the last time your museum experience involved a painting you can climb into or disembodied eyes following you in a room?

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Why Madrid Should Host the 2020 Olympics

Istanbul is everything the Olympic committee wants -- and everything it fears. Tokyo is boring. Really, there's only one choice.

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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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Gorgeous, Surreal Photos of Mount Fuji Show Why It Deserves UNESCO's Respect

Photographer Koichi Shimano portrays the godlike volcano in the grips of seriously profound and weird weather.

Photographing Tokyo's Coolest Escalators

Miha Tamura captures the extraordinary side of this everyday ride.

The World's Top 20 Cycling Cities

No American cities made the annual ranking, put together by Copenhagenize Design Co.

Play Tokyo Like a Piano in This Gorgeous Interactive Music Video

The Japanese company behind a new urban center is celebrating it with a rather unusual artwork.

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What Happens to the Olympics Plans of Cities That Don't Win Them?

More importantly: Does a city get anything out of the exercise?

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Symbols Worth Saving: The Best #CityReads of the Week

Our weekly roundup of the most intriguing articles about cities and urbanism we've come across in the past seven days.

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Japan's Permanently Displaced

2 years after a devastating earthquake, 160,000 are still without housing.

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The Smell of Nature Is Almost As Good As the Real Thing, As Far As Our Brains Are Concerned

Hard science is finally backing up centuries of aromatherapy wisdom.

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Don’t Believe the Hype About the 'World's Most Expensive City'

There are big gaps in the Economist's Intelligence Unit rankings.

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Density vs. Livability in the World's Biggest Cities

The two don't necessarily go together, according to a new report.

Knocking Down Huge Buildings Quietly, Floor by Floor

A Japanese construction company turns demolition into energy using something it calls a "big hat."

Happy Holidays From Cities Around the World

Public spaces decked out in the season's finest.

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A Brief History of the Barnes Dance

Cities have largely given up on pedestrian scrambles — but some are bringing them back.