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2014 Was the Biggest Year For Solar Power Ever

The overall price of solar—panels, installation, and financing—dropped 10 percent compared to 2013.

Courtesy The Cabinet, Kapstadt/ Cape Town/Vitra Design Museum

Amid Rapid Urbanization, African Designers Emerge Front and Center

A new exhibit, "Making Africa," showcases the continent's modern—and influential—creative class.

Shani Ha

The Weirdest Seat in New York

Artist Shani Ha's "Table for Two" installation evokes the isolation of city life.

Lex Berko

I Was a 1906 New York Tenement Inspector for a Night

An immersive educational event at Manhattan's Tenement Museum brings attendees up close and personal with housing reform history.

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2 Notes of Caution on America's 'Record' Mass Transit Year

The dominance of New York, and the decline of bus ridership.

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Mapping the Global Super-Rich

The favored locales of the 0.002 percent.

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Geek Out to San Francisco's Yoda Statue

The Bay Area gains yet another tribute to the shrunken Jedi master.

Capsula Mundi

How Dead Bodies Could Help Green the Urban Canopy

Who's up for getting stuffed into an egg-shaped sack and growing into a tree?

World Resources Institute

Calculating the Cost of River Floods in an Age of Climate Change

A new interactive tool estimates the economic, urban, and demographic risks through 2030.

US Thrill Rides

Orlando Prepares for a 'Skyscraper' That Will Dominate Its Skyline

With plans for the world's tallest roller coaster, Orlando is winning the global race to build soaring structures that aren't buildings.

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Why You're Likely to Hear More About Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Safety This Year

Monday's Amtrak crash was the third such incident at a grade crossing in just over a month, and two U.S. Senators have already announced legislation aimed at reducing them.

Reuters/Tom Lynn

'Madison, Wisconsin Is Not Ferguson, Missouri'

The death of Tony Robinson, an unarmed black teenager shot by a white police officer, has inspired new protests under the banner of #BlackLivesMatter.

Los Angeles Review of Books

How the Discovery of Thousands of Hoarded Maps Transformed L.A.'s Public Library

One man's lifelong collection doubled the institution's map holdings in a day.

Reuters/Eduardo Munoz

How Climate Change Will Alter New York City's Skyline

A warming world means big changes in the Big Apple.

AP Photo/Phil Sears

Why It's So Dangerous That Florida's Governor Banned the Term 'Climate Change'

Rick Scott's censorship of environmental officials courts disaster for a state at tremendous risk.

MTA

The Best Evidence Yet That Real-Time Arrival Info Increases Transit Ridership

New York's Bus Time program led to about a 2 percent rise overall, according to new research.

Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek Architects

A New Life for Dead Malls

Developers have had to get creative when it comes to salvaging America's failing shopping centers, turning them into hospitals, churches, and even parks.

Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

The Puzzling Geography of Workers' Compensation

In Pennsylvania, losing an eye on the job warrants as much as $261,525. In Alabama, it can only get you $27,280.

Now More Than Ever, London Needs a 'Death Pyramid'

Why the city should revive a 19th-century plan for an uptown necropolis, population 5 million.