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London's Confusing 'Endless Stair' Would Make M.C. Escher Proud

A public sculpture outside the Tate Modern plays screwy games with people's sense of perspective.

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The Power of Teaching Girls to Code

A growing summer camp is giving young women the skills they need to get high-paying tech jobs, before they've even graduated from high school.


Be Like Mike: How Bloomberg Became the World's 'Mentor'

He wanted the way he ran his city to become a model for mayors everywhere. But can that idea persist once he's out of office?

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Anatomy of a Public Space

Studying the role of shadow, sound, seating and more on Philadelphia's The Porch.


Could Nighttime Deliveries Solve a Lot of Our Traffic Problems?

One man's crusade to get restaurants, shops and offices to receive all their goods between 10 and 6.


One of This Week's Silliest Publicity Stunts Involved a Duck on the New York City Subway

Authorities were not happy. 


China's Disappearing Rivers: Is Climate Change to Blame?

The government says global warming dried up its rivers. But they've ignored the impact of their giant dams and diversion channels.


The Actual Reason Why Denver Won't Become the Silicon Valley of Marijuana

A pesky regulation will keep outside investors from blowing up Colorado's pot market. 

A CSA Where the 'A' Stands for Art

Brooklyn CSA+D connects people interested in collecting art at a reasonable price point with artists who want their work to find a home.

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Is the Internet's Appetite for Sexy Renderings Hurting Architecture?

Photorealistic design plans may help hype individual projects, but reality doesn't always deliver.

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When Armed Robbers Ruin a Brilliant Commuting Scheme

Turns out, the biggest risk to casual carpoolers in Oakland is not each other.

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'Playboy' May Have Just Cost Texas Some Amazing Public Art

An illegal roadside ad disguised as art may force the Texas DOT to tear down the famous Prada Marfa as well.


Why We Can't Actually Make Shopping Malls Impervious to Terror Attacks

If this discussion sounds familiar, it's because we've had it before.


The Surprising Key to Making Transit-Oriented Development Work

Turns out quality matters less than government support.

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The Billion-Dollar Plan to Relocate One City's Entire Downtown

Mining damage is forcing Kiruna, Sweden, to pick up and move — two miles east.

Jonathan Kalan

Egypt's Entrepreneurs Try to Build a New Tech Hub Amid Unrest

As the country has undergone massive political shifts, a new start-up culture has bloomed.

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The Number of Killer Thunderstorms Could Jump 40 Percent by 2070

A first-of-its-kind study links climate change to the increasing frequency of super storms.


The Warming Climate Could Scorch America's West

Globe-spanning belts of moisture are gradually moving north, spelling droughts for a bunch of new regions, say researchers.

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Two-Thirds of Americans Flush Public Toilets With Their Feet

Evolution gave us hands, but people are so afraid of germs in the bathroom they prefer to use feet, hips, and paper towels to touch things.